Masimirembwa In Maintenance,Neglect Wrangle

Harare, November 18, 2014 – Zanu (PF) loyalist and Central Mechanical Engineering Department (CMED) board chairperson and defeated aspirant for the Mabvuku parliamentary seat, Godwills Masimirembwa, has been accused of neglecting his children and being dishonest over the ownership of a residential property located in one of Harare’s upmarket suburbs.

Masimirembwa’s lover Farisai Nando who entered into an unregistered customary union with the CMED boss until March 2013 and during which they had three children made the disclosures in a lawsuit she filed in the Harare Magistrates Court recently.

In the summons seen by Radio VOP, Masimirembwa entered into an agreement with Farisai in 2013 after their marriage had irretrievably broken down wherein Masimirembwa agreed to pay $2 000 per month for the maintenance and upkeep of Farisai and the minor children and further agreed to be solely responsible for the children’s clothing, medical requirements, all school fees and requirements and at least one yearly holiday for the children within Zimbabwe.

According to the agreement, Farisai and the children were supposed to continue residing at the Highlands house until such time Masimirembwa had purchased an alternative but similar property for them given that the residential property is not owned by him.

Farisai agreed to move out of the Highlands house on the basis that Masimirembwa did not own the property and prior to the ZANU PF supporter having purchased a property as had been agreed and after he had also agreed to lease a house for the children for $800.

However, Farisai claimed that she had discovered that the Highlands property is owned by Masimirembwa and he had not been truthful with regard to the ownership of the property.

“No basis accordingly exists for defendant to require plaintiff and the minor children to vacate the property particularly as defendant now states that he does not intend to purchase a similar property to 73 Orange Groove, Highlands, Harare for plaintiff and the minor children,” reads part of the summons filed in the Magistrates Court early this month.

Farisai has now petitioned the Harare Magistrates court seeking an order for maintenance of $2 000 per month, $500 yearly holiday fees per child and to compel Masimirembwa to pay the children’s school fees and medical aid fees.

Farisai also wants the court to give her title to a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle and to order Masimirembwa to purchase a residential property to be registered in her name and that of the minor children which is similar to the Highlands house and for the children to continue residing at the house until such property is bought.

In 2013, Masimirembwa appeared to have crossed President Robert Mugabe’s path after the ZANU PF leader accused him of extorting money from a Ghanaian entrepreneur.

In September last year, Mugabe accused Masimirembwa, who served as the board chairperson for the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation of demanding a $6 million bribe from William Ato Essien, a Ghanaian diamond investor, in the now defunct Gye Nyame Resources in Marange, which had been licensed to extract diamonds in the Chiadzwa fields.

But five months later Mugabe made a U-turn and exonerated Masimirembwa of any wrong doing, saying he had been misled and claimed Essien was a “crook” who failed to inject capital into the diamond producer.

In July this year, Obert Mpofu, the Transport,  Communications and Infrastructure Development Minister appeared to inject corporate and political life into the University of Zimbabwe law graduate after he appointed Masimirembwa to chair the CMED board and tasked him to recover $2.7 million which was allegedly misappropriated from CMED coffers by a local fuel supplier. 

Despite investing a lot in Mabvuku -Tafara prior to the elections Masimirembwa lost the seat to charismatic James Maridadi of the MDC-T.