Mutodi to access bank account

HARARE - The Harare Civil Court yesterday dismissed an application by a National Housing Delivery Trust (NHDT) trustee, seeking to bar businessman-cum-musician Energy Mutodi from accessing funds from the company’s bank account.

The interdict was dismissed on the basis that the amount involved is above the Civil Court’s jurisdiction. Magistrate Brighton Pabwe had granted an interim order in favour of Boniface Chikono.

He later asked Mutodi to appear before the court and give reason why a final order should not be granted, barring him from accessing the funds. Chikono claimed the flamboyant musician was abusing the funds.

In the application, Chikono had cited Mutodi as the first respondent, while NHDT and Kingdom Bank, trading as AfrAsia Bank were cited as second and third respondents respectively.

Chikono had told the court that at the inception of NHDT, there were four signatories to the account, but he claimed Mutodi changed everything and left himself as the sole signatory.

He said the musician, who is also NHDT’s director refused to produce statements of the bank account.

“The first respondent (Mutodi) has made it clear that he will continue to sign alone in a board meeting held at second respondent’s office,” Chikono said.

Chikono argued that the trust was heading for disaster if the court failed to intervene, considering that the money is meant to acquire land for the benefit of contributing beneficiaries.

According to court papers, the said bank account containing $626 000 was frozen by order of the court in May last year. It was later opened following another court application.

“There is real danger that I can be dragged into the mud if the monies are misused in my position as a trustee,” he had told the court.

Comments (3)

Mr Mutodi may you pliz return mari dzevanhu if you cant provide what you promised.

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 4 August 2014

Mutodi has a lot of accomplices. In Mutare desperate homeseekers were swindled. The so-called good samaritans, led by cde Duru further swindled. Dreamoss further swindled us. The arbitrator, Mr Muzawazi further threw confusion into the whole saga. Gimboki South beneficiaries are basking in dire confusion since there are 4 bank accounts with 4 groups claiming the right to swindle the beneficiaries even further. Minister Chomb.o is conspicuous with his silence on the whole matter. Does he have a human heart? The lives of 5200 households are at stake. Ndiyo Zim-Asset yacho here?

Samanyika - 5 August 2014

What is the problem here? MUTODI "arikungodya" nanhasi.Civil servants' money still deducted from SSB...Where is the law to help us?Its eight years now deductions on my payslip.

Mpangazitha - 12 September 2014

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