A Harare High Court has ordered Zanu PF MP for Goromonzi South and capilist Ozias Bvute to pay USD$129 500 to a local equipment dealer, Robvel Investments Private Limited (“ROBVEL”) for non-payment earth moving equipment delivered at his farm soon after he was appointed as a legislator.
Justice Webster Chinamora on July 2, ordered Tech Earth Mining, a company linked to Bvute but fronted by his proxy, Gift Mudadi, to pay Robvel USD$129 500 or return all the equipment, in working condition, that were delivered to the MPs’ farm in Goromonzi some 3 year ago and utilized by him without Bvute (despite many promises) having paid ROBVEL a cent for the same.
“It is hereby ordered that the default judgement be and is hereby entered for the applicant against the respondent. The respondent be and is hereby ordered to return the equipment listed herein below to applicant within forty –eight hours of the issuance of the court order and failing compliance herewith, the Sherriff of the High Court or his fellow deputy be authorized and directed to take the said equipment into his possession and to deliver the same to applicant in functional working condition”, read part of the judgment.
According to court documents, ROBVLE delivered rigid Hino Tipper Trucks, Iveco Water Tanker, among other earth moving machinery which Bvute then used for his quarry mining operation.
Tech Earth whose directors include one Gift Mudadi entered into an agreement of sale for mining equipment and the same were delivered at Bvute’s farm in Goromonzi.
The documents suggest that the MP failed to pay the initial agreement amount of US$266 000 for the equipment and after repeated engagements some of the equipment was returned to ROBVEL reducing the purchase amount to USD$129 500. The lawmaker, according to documents, has unconscionably continued to utilise the equipment, not having paid a single cent for them. All equipment is still registered in the name of ROBVEL.
The court also directed that Tech Earth Mining pays interest from 2 December 2019, and the legal costs for the suit on a legal practitioner and client scale.
Bvute has been linked to numerous scandals from his time at MetBank, the Zimbabwe Cricket and during his time as Potraz board chair. More recently, Bvute has been embroiled in the Namibia SME Bank scandal. It is also not the first time that Bvute has been linked to non-payment of his obligation and acting without regard to contract or the law of the land.