Ivan Zhakata Herald Correspondent
The widow of late former Deputy Minister of Lands and Resettlement Cde Tendai Savanhu, Tendai, who recently had her property seized for failing to pay rent arrears, is now facing eviction from the upscale mansion range of Glen Lorne, after a company that owned the property obtained a High Court order for its eviction.
T and S Marketing, is a family business in which the house, number 1 High Saddle Close Folyjon Crescent, Glen Lorne, Harare, is registered as.
The widow is embroiled in an acrimonious legal battle with her late husband’s ex-wife who joined forces with her children to disinherit the surviving spouse from the estate of the late Cde Savanhu.
Based on a default judgment, T and S Marketing has put in place processes to evict Tendai and her children who have struggled to pay their utility bills since Cde Savanhu’s death.
Cde Savanhu succumbed to complications related to Covid-19.
T and S Marketing won a default judgment after Tendai failed to appear in the High Court to oppose the eviction claim.
“After reading the documents filed in the record and hearing from counsel, default judgment will be entered against the defendant,” reads the order which was granted last week on Thursday.
“The defendant (Tendai) and all persons claiming title through it to the premises known as House No. 1 High Saddle Close Folyjon Crescent, Glen Lorne, Harare, the premises of which belong to the plaintiff be and are hereby expelled from the premises. Defendant to pay unpaid electricity, water and royalties on the above mentioned property.
“The defendant is and is hereby ordered to pay damages in the amount of 6500 USD or its equivalent at the official rate of exchange calculated on the date of payment, per month representing the market rent payable for the property at commencing October 1, 2021 and for each successive month or part of a month during which the defendant and all those claiming occupation through it remain in occupation.”
The order further reads: “Interest on the above sums at the prescribed rate, namely 5% per annum from the date of the summons until the date of payment in full. An order declaring all of the defendant’s personal assets enforceable. »
On Tuesday last week, the court messenger seized Tendai’s property for non-payment of electricity, water and taxes.
The adjoining property includes carpet, microwave, three piece sofas, two plasma TVs, double door refrigerator and 10 chairs.
According to the notice of execution, the appraised values and the actual values of the adjoining property will be determined on the date of the auction by the auctioneer.
Since November last year, Tendai has been embroiled in massive clashes with her husband’s ex-wife, Sabina Mashayamombe.
The widow dragged Sabina and her son Tatenda to the High Court over allegations of attempted disinheritance from her and her children.