Vivek Solanki's hopes dashed

HARARE - Trauma Centre (TC) founder Vivek Solanki’s hopes of hanging on to the Harare hospital have suffered a major setback after the High Court dismissed his application to resist an African Medical Investment (AMI)-linked eviction from the Belgravia facility.

This comes as the controversial doctor has — for the fourth day running — been frustrating the sheriff and police’s efforts to enforce the action, and after Streamsleigh Investment (SI) had won a Supreme Court order for him to vacate the hospital.

While Solanki was now on the verge of being slapped with “contempt of court charges” after defying the order since Monday, the Autoband Investments (AI) promoter had virtually thumped his nose at AMI’s lawyers and executives, who possessed a fresh letter from acting Supreme Court registrar Munamato Mutevedzi to fortify the sheriff in evicting him.

“After noting the issues you raised… and particularly that the sheriff is dragging his feet in executing the court order, we consulted the office of the Honourable Chief Justice (Godfrey Chidyausiku) who has directed us to advise you that the urgent application filed in the High Court by Autoband Investments should not and cannot stop the execution of the (higher) court order,” he said.

“Accordingly, be advised that the sheriff has been instructed to immediately enforce the court order as directed by the Supreme Court,” Mutevedzi added.

However, Solanki refused to budge insisting that he was part of SI and AI, which has been running the Harare facility on behalf of AMI’s trust-owned associates.

In events witnessed by the Daily News on Monday, AMI Zimbabwe chairman Andy Mhlanga and other senior staffers, including Peter Annesley, watched helplessly as the medical doctor remained holed up in his office from 13:00 hours until 21:00hours.

In that episode, the sheriff was also sent from pillar to post as he tried to secure back up teams from Avondale and Harare Central police stations.

Just as the former war veterans leader had contended that the TC founder was “clutching at straws, but would not succeed in beating the law”, Solanki’s urgent High Court case was premised on the view that he was the bonafide owner of 15 Lanark Road.

“…the first respondent (AMI) be interdicted from evicting the first applicant (Autoband Investments) from number 15 Lanark Road, Belgravia, Harare,” the medical investor said in his appeal.

“I later transferred the lease from VBL (Private) Limited, which in turn transferred same to Autoband Investments (Private) Limited, who is the present occupier of number 15… It also offers facilities to Musha Mukadzi Cancer Centre, a non-governmental voluntary organisation run by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces,” Solanki added.

Said Mhlanga: “The Supreme Court order is final. It is him and his employees who must vacate the hospital. All the equipment remains at Trauma Centre because it is part of AMI property.”

Comments (2)

Solanki still up to his old tricks! He has only one MO, a generally corrupt and fraudulent one! Hasn't evolved one bit over the last 20 years.

Carlos Jakkals - 17 January 2015

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