Mugabe nephew evicted

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s nephew Leo Mugabe has been ordered by the High Court to surrender business premises he seized from a Chinese firm last week.

By CHARLES LAITON,SENIOR COURT REPORTER

Mugabe is accused of having unilaterally taken over 5th Floor, Coal House at number 17 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Harare, where offices of a Chinese firm, Hwange Coal Gasification Company are located.

The firm’s lawyer Everson Samkange accused the former MP of applying the “laws of the jungle”. He said it was Mugabe’s actions that prompted the Chinese firm to seek the intervention of the
courts.

On Wednesday last week, Mugabe is said to have ordered all the firm’s employees based at Coal House to leave the premises before he locked them.

Samkange said Mugabe had declared to have taken over the firm with the intention of changing the management board and the whole company set-up. Mugabe’s actions then led to an urgent chamber application by the Chinese firm seeking to bar the President’s nephew from seizing the company.

Hwange Coal Gasification Company is owned by a Chinese firm Taiyuan Sanxin Economic and Trade Company with a 75% shareholding while the other 25% shareholding is held by Hwange Colliery.