Crime

City of Harare and Pokugara Properties face perjury charges

Court Reporter

Suspended Harare Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango, representing the City of Harare together with Michael John Van Blerk representing Pokugara Properties (PVT) LTD has been jointly hauled before the Magistrates Court facing criminal charges of perjury.

The two will appear in court on the 28th of September 2020.

The allegations are that on the 2nd of October 2018 at the High Court of Zimbabwe Civil Division, Harare, Chisango, in his personal capacity and as well as the Town Clerk of City of Harare, jointly filed a sworn affidavit under case number HC 8943/18 and lied in that affidavit that there was no payment that was made to the City of Harare for the approval of building plans which were attached to Katsimberis’ founding affidavit in case HC 8943/18 when in fact a payment of US$3,707 had been done for such approval.

Chisango further lied that the house in question was built without approved building plans when in fact those plans were approved by the City of Harare.

Documents shown to this news crew reveals;

“Chisango in his personal capacity and as well as the Town Clerk representing 2nd accused (City of Harare) jointly filed a false written statement in case HC 8943/18 knowingly or realizing that there was real risk or possibility that the statement was false that is to say the two accused persons (Hosiah Abraham Chisango and City of Harare represented by Hosiah Abraham Chisango) tendered an affidavit sworn to by 1st accused (Chisango) in case HC8943/18 and lied in that affidavit that there was no payment that was made to the 2nd accused person (City of Harare) for approval of building plans which were attached to the applicant’s founding affidavit in HC8943/18 when in actual fact a payment of US$3,707,00 was made to the City of Harare for such approval and further lied that the house in issue in case HC 8943/18 was built without approved building plans which were attached to George Katsimberis’ founding affidavit in case HC8943/18 when in actual fact those plans were approved by the 2nd Accused”.

The State led by Zivanai Macharaga alleges that Michael John Van Blerk in his personal capacity and representing Pokugara Properties (PVT) LTD as its Managing Director filed a false written statement in case HC 8948/18and lied in that affidavit that the show house in question was built without approved building plan by the City of Harare.

Furthermore, either Van Blerk and or Pokugara Properties (PVT) LTD reportedly tendered a sworn affidavit in case HC8943/18 and lied that the applicant, George Katsimberis had constructed a show house on Stand 10 instead of Stand 9 yet, in fact, the show house was built on Stand 9.

Further, it is alleged that Van Blerk also lied in the same affidavit that George Katsimberis applied for a building plan under plan MP6813/17 for approval of the building plan for Stand 9 when in actual fact it was him and or Pokugara Properties (PVT) LTD who made such an application for approval of building plan for Stand 8.

Tendai Guvamombe