Chiredzi Council sucked in as vendor evicted from late father’s house

Increase Gumbo
Chiredzi – A Chiredzi vendor Maria Mapuranga has threatened to sue Chiredzi Town Council following her eviction from a house bought by her father in 1993 in Chiredzi.
Mapuranga stayed outside the house for five days after the messenger of court evicted her because the house was said to belong to Irikidzai Mabulala, whose relative sold the house to his father.
Mapuranga’s occupancy was restored after the Lowveld Business Development Association (LOBDA) assisted her with US$500 for lawyers.
After her father’s death, Mapuranga managed to change the ownership of the house into her own name. She was surprised in 2018 to receive letters that indicated that the house had a new owner and last week she was evicted.
Mapuranga said Chiredzi Council officials were behind the scam. She said that each time she went to council offices she never found the file to the house among others. She said that the file would be in the office of Housing Director.
The housing director Emily Paradza referred all questions to Town Secretary Charles Muchatukwa who however did not answer his phone.
“LOBDA’s thrust is to help the disadvantaged. We realised Mapuranga’s plight and we decided to support her case. We have engaged lawyers and we will be responsible for all the fees until justice is done. For now Mapuranga’s occupancy of the house has been restored until the matter is finalised by the court,” said LOBDA chairman, Venancio Kurauone.
“This is a family house, my father bought it from Daniel Matthias Mabvute in 1993 and by that time the house had only 2 rooms and a veranda.
“My father passed on in 1995 before he changed ownership of the house to his name. When Mabvute’s children learned about his death they tried to take the house from us. In 2005 I was summoned to court and I won the case. They tried again in 2010 and I won the case.
“In 2012 we advertised the estate and nobody was against it and then the ownership was changed to my name,” said Mapuranga.
She was shocked in 2018 when she received papers stating that she was no longer the owner of the house.
“I thought the issue was sorted but was shocked to receive papers that said that I absconded a High Court case. What I know is that I was never summoned,” said Mapuranga.

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