18 January 2017
A HIGHFIELD house built in the early 1990s and valued at US$32 000 is on the verge of being demolished after the owner of the stand resold the property to a new tenant in 2009.
Former City of Harare employee Fidelis Hapagarwi Nhapi allegedly had an agreement with the late Henry Keimboyi Abraham in 1981 resulting in the latter building the house at Number 8536 Old Highfield.
Charles Abraham, son to the late Henry, told H-Metro that Nhapi had failed to develop the residential stand and made an agreement of sale with his father in 1981 but to their surprise Nhapi sold the same property in 2009.
The Abrahams have already been evicted from their house pending demolition.
“My father then agreed to develop the stand and I have copies of cheques from 1981 that show payments ranging from $150 being paid to Mr Nhapi.
“Building of the house was from 1986 to 1990 with the plan in Nhapi’s name.
“They had agreed to change the name after building but unfortunately my father passed on before changing the name,” said Charles vowing to continue fighting for his father’s estate.
He said their problems started when they went to Nhapi asking him to change the name of the property.
“We took the matter to court in 2005 but it was not finalised and to our surprise Nhapi decided to resell the stand on 20 February 2009 to one James Makoni.
Nhapi, according to legal documents in our possession, resold the stand to James Makoni for US$6500 in 2009.
Makoni’s lawyers have been calling for the Abrahams’ eviction ever since and recently a messenger of court was able to evict them from the property.
In one of the letters from Makoni’s lawyers, it is being proposed that the house be demolished rejecting the Abrahams’ offer to pay for the stand in instalments.
“Our client rejects the proposal by yours in its entirety. However our instructions are that the house will be demolished and your clients are at liberty to collect all the building material that may be recoverable after the demolition,” wrote Nhapi’s lawyer Puwayi Chiutsi on 31 May 2012.