“Fugitive” Oman based businessman, Thamer Said Ahmed Al Shanfari has been accused of fraudulently attempting to claim properties that belongs to the Zimbabwean military, a move that has since been challenged in the High Court by the Minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans, Opah Muchinguri-Kashiri.
Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri made the remarks in her founding affidavit in response to Shanfari’s application seeking an order for placement of a caveat over four immovable properties namely stand numbers, 98, 99, 100 and 101 Glen Lorne Township 8 of Lot 40A Glen Lorne.
The Oman businessman had approached the High Court after receiving information that four Harare properties, for which he was claiming ownership, were being taken over by the Ministry of Defence.
In the application Shanfari cited Muchinguri-Kashiri, the Defence ministry, Rusununguko Nkululeko Holdings, Folyjon Garden (Private) Limited, Defence ministry Deputy Chief Secretary for Administration and Finance, Martin Rushwaya, and Registrar of Deeds in Harare as respondents.
Muchinguri-Kashiri who is also the National Chairman of Zanu PF and a Politburo and Central Committee member, challenged Shanfari’s application arguing that the court in Harare cannot, entertain his application given that he, being a fugitive and a prohibited immigrant, had not offered any security to institute proceedings against the government.
“The applicant (Thamer Said Ahmed Al Shanfari) is a peregrinus and in that regard he has not offered any security to institute these proceedings. The applicant is a fugitive from justice. The applicant is a prohibited immigrant and there are disputes of facts which will not possibly be resolved on his founding affidavit. These disputes are clearly apparent from his own founding affidavit,” Muchinguri Kashiri said.
“The applicant has no assets in this country, both movable and immovable. The immovable property in dispute does not belong to him, it is a property owned by the second respondent (Ministry of Defence) through its commercial vehicle which was created for the purpose among other things to acquire this property.”
Muchinguri-Kashiri also said Shanfari cannot be trusted given that he has a criminal record culminating from his conviction on charges of forgery in Cairo, Egypt.
“The applicant has also been found guilty of forgery for a British Passport in Cairo Egypt. On the basis of the above points in limine, I submit with respect that the applicant’s application be dismissed with costs,” the minister said.
In his application the Oman businessman had said he had been motivated to file a court application after realising that chances were very high that he could lose his investments in Zimbabwe given the political power yielded by Muchinguri-Kashiri and her ministry. But, the minister disputed his assertions saying he has nothing in Zimbabwe.
The matter is pending.