PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s office has refuted claims by South African businessman, Nagara Dharmesh, that the Zanu PF leader had contracted local businesswoman Patience Chivasa to supply Zanu PF women’s league campaign T-shirts and doeks for the December 2014 conference.
Last year, Dharmesh, who is director of Media Revolutions, a company which printed the T-shirts, approached the High Court, demanding payment of over $22 000 and claiming Chivasa had already been paid by Zanu PF and Mugabe’s office.
In her court papers, Chivasa attached a letter from the President’s Office distancing itself from the deal.
Part of the letter dated February 5, 2015 reads: “This serves to confirm that this office (President’s) did not give Patience Chivasa any monies towards the payment of the shirts for the Zanu PF December 2014 Congress. Ms Chivasa sources for the shirts and is responsible for the payment.”
In her affidavit, Chivasa said: “In terms of the averments on the respondent’s (Media Revolutions) declaration, it makes is clear that I acted as an agent on its transaction with Zanu PF, but it goes on further to pluck from the air that I received the funds to the tune of $2 046 from Zanu PF on its behalf.
“I am well able to bring in witnesses at trial to prove that the goods supplied and delivered by respondent to Zanu PF were never paid for through me if they were paid for at all.”
Chivasa claims Dharmesh allegedly used “a forged email document”, which was submitted to police, resulting in her being investigated for fraud.
Last month, Dharmesh obtained a default judgment of $22 046, while using a different company, Sebenza Marketing and Media Communications, which Chivasa said she never dealt with.
Chivasa has since approached the High Court and filed an application for rescission of judgment under case number HC5029/16 and the matter is now awaiting set down. newsday