Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter—
Spirit Embassy Ministries founder Prophet Uebert Angel Mudzanire, convinced a Harare businessman to surrender his Bentley as a way of sowing a seed into his life, but the âman of Godâ immediately sold the vehicle just after receiving it despite having promised to return it to the owner if he failed to reap the promised harvest within the stipulated period, the court heard yesterday.
Mr Ndabazinengi Shava, the director of Faith Age Holdings Zimbabwe, told the court that Prophet Angel after selling his vehicle to one Phebion, relocated to the United Kingdom and blocked any communication with him.
This was revealed during the trial of Anderson Tagara who is accused of aiding Prophet Angel in defrauding Mr Shava of his vehicle valued at $300 000.
However, Tagara denied the charges when his trial opened yesterday before regional magistrate Mr Noel Mupeiwa.
Mr Shava said he believed the man of cloth when he told him that he would reap three folds.
âJust after relocating to the U.K, Prophet Angel actually called and ordered me to give his brother (Limit) the registration book and I gave it to him without any suspicions, not knowing that my car had already been sold even though the agreed eight months period had not lapsed,â he said.
In his defence through his lawyer Mr Itayi Ndudzo, Tagara denied the charges arguing that he was the owner of the car in question.
Part of the defence outline reads; âIn February 2012 accused person (Tagara) purchased his own Bentley using his sole and exclusive funds.
It was only subsequent to the importation and registration of the vehicle in May that accused was approached by his then friend, Shava with an offer for the purchase of the vehicle. After negotiations the accused sold the vehicle to Shava and delivered it to him.â
Tagara told the court that in 2013 Shava approached him with an agreement of sale bearing his (Tagara) name as the seller and Benjamin Mudzanire as purchaser.
âShava advised me that the vehicle had been sold to Mudzanire and since registration was in my name, the agreement of sale was required to divest me of ownership rights, I then signed it. âAllegations by Shava against me are entirely false and actuated by dishonesty, greedy and malice . . . he gambled his property without my involvement,â he said.
The trial continues on Friday.