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More woes for jailed Chimombe as he gets evicted

Mike Chimombe, a businessman currently in custody, is facing a series of setbacks as his company, Millytake Enterprises (Private) Limited, has been ousted from its offices in Eastlea, Harare.

Chimombe and his business partner, Moses Mpofu, are currently in court on charges of allegedly swindling the government of over US$7 million earmarked for the Presidential Goat Pass-on Scheme.

 

The pair is also implicated in another controversy with convicted felon Wicknell Chivayo, in which they are accused of illicitly securing a US$40 million tender from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to provide electoral materials for the contentious 2023 general elections.

Chimombe’s luck has taken a downturn as his company, Millytake, has been ousted by the new property owner.

Reportedly, the previous property owner rescinded the lease, but Chimombe refused to vacate.

Millytake Enterprises was established in 2008 and is co-owned by Chimombe and Rusero Mitchell.

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The company specializes in the provision of commercial and industrial equipment.

Its offerings encompass construction, property development, economic consulting and research, as well as consulting engineering services.

“Even after the new owners came in, they refused to vacate and they approached the courts for the order,” the source said.

A court order dated June 29, gleaned by NewsDay, gives Chimombe 10 days to vacate the premises.

“The first respondent and all those claiming occupation through him are hereby ordered to give vacant possession of Stand 7986 Salisbury Township Lot 1 of Beam Wireless Station Site of Salisbury Township Lands held under Deed of Transfer No 4811/2023 dated June 29, 2023 commonly known as No 5 Morton Jaffray Road, Eastlea, Harare, to the applicant within 10 days of service of this court order,” the court order read.

“In the event of first respondent failing to comply with terms in para l above, the second respondent or his lawful deputy is hereby directed to evict first respondent and all those claiming occupation through him from the afore-mentioned property and give vacant possession of the property to the applicant.

“The first respondent shall pay the applicant’s costs of suit on a legal practitioner client scale.”

Chimombe’s life took a negative turn after a falling out with Chivayo, who has close ties to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, regarding the division of spoils from the Zec tender.

In leaked recordings, Chivayo bragged about having influence over Mnangagwa.

Chivayo has been ridiculing Zimbabweans who are demanding his arrest.

Chimombe has a history of exposing corrupt tender deals.

In 2017, Chimombe’s company, Millytake Enterprises, filed a complaint against Zec over an alleged fraudulent tender worth US$10 million that was awarded to Sanitation Services for the supply of portable toilets during the biometric voter registration exercise.

According to Chimombe’s company, the deal would have cost Zec an extra US$5 million compared to the lowest bid of US$4.2 million by Millytake Enterprises for the supply of 206 portable toilets.

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