Ken Sharpe company goes after Tendai Biti

By Talent Kasu

Property mogul Kenneth Sharpe’s company West Property Company (Pvt) Ltd (Westprop Zimbabwe) has filed a defamation lawsuit against MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti.

In a statement, the company said it is demanding US$ 1 million from Biti for allegedly making malicious claims of corruption and business malpractices against Sharpe and Western Property Company.

“We have noted with concern the continued twitter and YouTube attacks by Biti under the vein of ‘Unpacking the Pandemic of Corruption in Zimbabwe’ against our company and Chief Executive Officer Mr Kenneth Sharpe’s personality and reputation.

“Whilst we reserve our rights to pursue the legal recourse and remedies available to us, we hereby inform members of the public that the business dealings by  Sharpe are 100% above board and the land which we are currently was not in any way obtained through any corrupt or fraudulent means as alleged by Biti and his political allies in Honourable Allan Markham (MP Harare North Constituency).

“We further wish to place it on record that if Biti continues to maliciously attack  Sharpe that he is a fugitive from justice and that he is corrupt, Sharpe reserves the right to sue Biti for making such baseless and unproved allegations,” read part of the statement.

The former Finance Minister who is a lawyer by profession accused Sharpe of gross corruption and fraudulent acquisition of several pieces of land including the 274 hectare estate in Borrowdale, a claim the company refutes.

Sharpe is facing countless lawsuits over his transactions with both the City of Harare and the Government which according to various litigants smacks of corruption and primitive accumulation of urban land to the detriment of citizens of Zimbabwe.

This comes at a time when the government is weeding out land barons across the country. Several alleged land barons including the late Fredrick Mabamba of Chitungwiza and Smelly Dube from the Midlands have been hauled before the courts on charges of fleecing the state of large tracts of land.

“Whilst we reserve our rights to pursue the legal recourse and remedies available to us, we hereby inform members of the public that the business dealings by Sharpe are 100% above board and the land which we are currently was not in any way obtained through any corrupt or fraudulent means as alleged by Biti and his political allies in Honourable Allan Markham (MP Harare North Constituency).

“We further wish to place it on record that if Biti continues to maliciously attack  Sharpe that he is a fugitive from justice and that he is corrupt, Sharpe reserves the right to sue Biti for making such baseless and unproved allegations,” read part of the statement.

The former Finance Minister who is a lawyer by profession accused Sharpe of gross corruption and fraudulent acquisition of several pieces of land including the 274 hectare estate in Borrowdale, a claim the company refutes.

Sharpe is facing countless lawsuits over his transactions with both the City of Harare and the Government which according to various litigants smacks of corruption and primitive accumulation of urban land to the detriment of citizens of Zimbabwe.

This comes at a time when the government is weeding out land barons across the country. Several alleged land barons including the late Fredrick Mabamba of Chitungwiza and Smelly Dube from the Midlands have been hauled before the courts on charges of fleecing the state of large tracts of land.

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