Mutodi appeals against eviction

HARARE - Flamboyant musician Energy Mutodi is appealing against a High Court ruling ejecting him from the Gimboki Housing Project in Mutare’s Dangamvura suburb.

Mutodi has instructed his lawyers to lodge a Supreme Court application seeking to quash the High Court ruling.

High Court Judge Happious Zhou made the ruling, following an application by a property developing company Dreamoss Investments (Private) Limited, trading as Develop Communities in Africa, seeking Mutodi’s expulsion from the project.

In the urgent chamber application Mutodi and his National Housing Delivery Trust, trading as Zimbabwe Trust Housing Finance and Gift Chaya were cited as respondents.

“The respondents be and are hereby ordered to restore peaceful and undisturbed occupation of Gimboki South Dangamvura, Mutare to the applicant,” Zhou ruled.

He ordered Mutodi to stop all excavation, construction and development work on the site. He further gave an order for Mutodi’s employees to leave the premises and to stop interfering with Dreamoss Investments’ work.

In the application, Dreamoss Investments’ managing director Emmanuel Musevenzo sought the re-instatement of his company as the custodians of the project after Mutodi took over.

Musevenzo told the court that in September last year, his company entered into a housing development contract with Mutare Housing Consortium.

In terms of the agreement Dreamoss was contracted to procure funding and co-administer the housing project.

It was also entrusted with the overall control of the project, including all construction work.

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