Chihuri Court Case Postponed

HIGH COURT Justice Pisirayi Kwenda has adjourned the case in which the state accuses former police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri of diverting US$32 million in public monies to family businesses until March 24.

This is in response to Erina Muchingami’s request to be added to the proceedings.

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“Muchingami purchased one of the properties from Chihuri and is claiming her rights to one of the properties under litigation,” said the state’s top law officer, Chris Mutangadura.

This is the fourth time the case has been postponed since it was initially scheduled for hearing.

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The case reached the courts when the then-prosecutor general, Kumbirai Hodzi, checked with the deeds office and discovered the Chihuris’ hasty disposal of assets.

As a result, he was granted the authority to freeze the properties and assets.

The state claims that on July 17, 2018, Chihuri’s wife, Isobel Halima Khan Chihuri, sold stand 1421 Gletwyn Township to Brian Chijaka for US$130 000, which was walled, gated, and included a borehole, water tank, tank stand, and wooden cabin.

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According to the application, her brother Aitken Khan used her power of attorney to complete the deal.

On March 21, 2018, Khan sold 8 St Aubin’s Chisipite in Harare to Erinah Muchingami on behalf of the owner, Chihuri’s daughter Samantha, for US$365 000. The 9 094 square meter property contains a four-bedroom house, a well, and is gated and walled.

The state is also looking for explanations about the sale of five properties that were part of the family’s enormous property portfolio despite being assigned to the Asset Management Unit.

Chihuri is accused of selling five properties after leaving the police department between 2017 and 2018.

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Chihuri is challenging court decisions that allow the Government to seize his property.

Chihuri is represented by Addington Chinake.

The State wants to freeze Chihuri’s firms and the assets his family purchased while he was in government, pending the conclusion of any criminal investigations.

Chihuri is also being asked by the authorities to explain how the homes were sold.

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