A local property developing company, Arosume Property Development (Pvt) Ltd, which is entangled in a donated land dispute with Former First Lady, Grace Mugabe, is set to challenge the latter’s claims and has since filed an appearance to defend notice at the High Court.
Sometime in May this year, Grace filed summons at the High Court seeking an order to force the company to transfer and register two Borrowdale stands which she alleges were donated to her by the firm seven years ago.
It has emerged that there is a dispute between the parties judging by the response to the litigation filed by the property firm a week ago.
“Be pleased to take notice that on June 28, 2018 ….the defendant (Arosume Property) entered an appearance to defend this action. Summons was served on June 27, 2018. Further take notice that the first defendant address for service is now care of Messrs Munangati and Associates Legal Practioners,” the firm said.
In her declaration, Mugabe said the stands in question are stands number 312 Carrick Creagh Township of section 4 of Borrowdale Estate measuring 2,3311 hectares held under deed of transfer number 359/09 and stand number 313 measuring 2,6676 held under deed of transfer number 3012/08.
Through her lawyers, Messrs Chovore Dzingirai Group of Lawyers, Mugabe said she was also seeking an order for the execution of Arosume Property’s property in the event that it fails to pay the cost of transferring the said two stands into her name.
According to Mugabe, sometime in August 2011, Arosume Property donated to her the stands in question and “as a show of intent to perfect the donation”, the firm, through its representative, who was not disclosed in court papers, delivered the properties’ original deeds of transfer to her.
Sometime in March this year, Mugabe said she requested the property developer to cause the transfer and/or register the donated stands to her name but the firm is said to have declined to do so prompting Grace to approach the court.
The matter is still pending.