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Mugabe nephew in property wrangle

Mugabe nephew in property wrangle

Sunday, 17 July 2011 11:25


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s nephew has been accused of trying to seize a 
controlling stake in Lion’s Den Syndicate, which owns properties in Chinhoyi 
using the controversial black empowerment law.
Lion’s Den Syndicate (Pvt) Ltd is owned by a group of white farmers and 
businessman in and around Chinhoyi town. The Dilmitis family dominate the 

But Mugabe yesterday denied that he was trying to muscle his way into the 
lucrative business syndicate. He however added that he would join the 
business venture as a willing partner, if they were to invite him.

Mugabe alleged the syndicate has assets well above the minimum US$500 000 
and that is why they were panicking. Apart from buildings and farming 
ventures, the syndicate is also into quarry and limestone extraction 

Sources say Mugabe’s interest arose soon after he was kicked out of one of 
the syndicate’s premises late last year for non-payment of rentals.
The syndicate had to go to the courts in order to evict Stewarts and Lloyds, 
owned by Mugabe.

According to court papers, Lion’s Den Syndicate went to court in 2005 to 
force Mugabe to move out of the premises after failing to pay rentals and 
rates amounting to over US$12 000 for almost two years.

Besides failure to pay rentals, the syndicate claimed that Stewarts and 
Lloyds breached their lease agreement as they were now running a bar and 
restaurant, besides subletting three garages.

The court ruled in favour of the syndicate after which Stewarts and Lloyds 
appealed to the High Court but the matter was not heard until June last 

The syndicate won the case again forcing Mugabe and his company to vacate 
the premises.

The court also ordered Stewarts and Lloyds to pay all the outstanding rental 
arrears of US$5 252, electricity US$2 435,42, rates US$3620,74 and water 
charges amounting to US$1 039,60.

But the company has not paid even a single cent up to this day.

The case, High Court case No. CIV “A” 394/05 and Ref case No. Civ “A” 477/05 
was heard before Justice Yunus Omerjee and Justice Susan Mavangira.
Sources said Mugabe now wants to take up the controlling stake in the 
syndicate in what they allege is as a form of revenge after being kicked 
Sensing that he was losing the case, Mugabe allegedly proposed to buy the 
premises but the syndicate’s lawyers’ Muchineripi and Associates refused 
arguing  that “how can you buy the premises yet you are failing to pay 
rates?” a feat  they  equate to the biblical example of  a camel going 
through the eye of a needle.

Mugabe, who is former MP for Makonde, yesterday vehemently denied that he 
wanted to take over a controlling stake in the syndicate. He said he last 
spoke to the chairman of the syndicate while he was still an MP around 2005.

He however said he would take up a stake in the company if they were to 
invite him to be their partner.

“Perhaps, they are not accusing me but inviting me because I don’t know what 
they are talking about,” Mugabe said. “If that is the case, then they are 
most welcome.”

The former Zifa chairperson admitted that Stewarts and Lloyds, which is one 
of his companies, owed the syndicate some money. He said the matter was 
being handled by his lawyers.

He said Lion’s Dean Syndicate offered to sell the premises but  he could not 
take up the offer because they were demanding too much for a building in a 
town like Chinhoyi.


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