Top cop 'illegally sells brother's house'

HARARE - A ZRP assistant commissioner is under investigation after he reportedly sold his United Kingdom-based brother’s house.

Godfrey Dengu is being accused of selling his brother’s Chitungwiza house.

This was after he was entrusted by his UK-based brother Lovemore to buy the house on his behalf.

Upon paying the full purchase price in 2003, the agreement of sale was allegedly entered in Godfrey’s name, citing him as the purchaser.

The two parties allowed the situation to obtain on the promise that a future transfer and cession would take place since the house did not have title deeds.

However, 12 years on, the two are now embroiled in an ownership wrangle, which could see Lovemore’s family being left homeless and this has been worsened by the fact that the top cop has sold the house to a third party, Ngoni Rufu.

Rufu has since approached the Civil Court, seeking to evict Lovemore’s family, on the basis that he purchased the house from Godfrey, whom he perceived to be the “rightful owner”.

In a last ditch effort to save the house, Lovemore’s wife, Namatirai has written a letter to the Commissioner-General of Police Augustine Chihuri for Godfrey to be investigated over the issue.

She poured her heart out, saying that the battle to keep her home had left her experiencing “inescapable stress.”

“At the time, I was teaching in Rafingora at Katawa Primary School……..photographs of the property were duly posted to the United Kingdom to validate and impress my husband,” reads part of the letter to Chihuri dated October 9, 2015.

“I took occupation of house number 91 Rusvingo Road, Zengeza 1, Chitungwiza, on or about August 5, 2004 and have religiously and harmoniously resided at the property with my daughter Rufaro Dengu, who is a minor.

“I made a substantial financial contribution to upgrade the four rooms to nine rooms knowing that it is our only and single matrimonial property,” she says in the letter.

Namatirai said her husband has not been able to come back to Zimbabwe between 2003 and 2012 due to “circumstantial reasons”, a situation which has played into the hands of her brother-in-law.

“Prior to all the above, the latter (Godfrey) was requested to facilitate cession without success to date.

“At most C.G Dengu (Godfrey) would give work-related commitments as excuses and sometimes request exorbitant cession fees,” she said.

“In the meantime, we are living in constant fear of the unknown, since there have been regular visits by various people purporting to be buyers.”

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