BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
Greek property developer George Katsimberis brought on a scene on the Harare Magistrates Court docket yesterday as he insisted on testifying in his native language, saying he was not conversant with English.
Katsimberis was giving proof in a matter the place he accuses Harare Metropolis Council officers of destroying a mannequin home he claimed to have collectively constructed with one other property developer.
Final week, he was practically slapped with a contempt of courtroom cost after demanding to testify in Greek earlier than his lawyer apologised.
Yesterday, Katsimberis pretended that he didn’t perceive English, and Justice of the Peace Florence Chakanyuka needed to name him to order.
After the warning, Katsimberis then spoke fluently in English for nearly two hours.
The accused individuals within the matter are Michael Van Blerk of Pokugara Properties, Zvenyika Chawatama, Mandla Marlone Ndebele, Samuel Nyabezi and Lasten Taonezvi, who had been represented by Advocate Tawanda Zhuwarara and Charles Kwaramba.
Katsimberis claimed that the accused individuals destroyed a mannequin home he inbuilt Borrowdale after signing a three way partnership settlement with Pokugara to construct cluster homes.
Harare Metropolis Council workers destroyed the home, saying the construction had not been accredited.
Katsimberis alleged that he obtained a allow and accredited plans from the Metropolis of Harare on behalf of Pokugara Properties, however the native authority denied the existence of the permits.
The matter was postponed to April 13 for continuation.
Allegations are that someday between July and October 2018, at Lot 9 of 21 on consolidated quantity 19559 of 19828 Harare Township, on the nook of Teviotdale and Whitwell roads in Borrowdale, the accused individuals destroyed the showroom constructed by Katsimberis with out a courtroom order.
Katsimberis alleged that the accused acted in frequent objective once they demolished his present home with out advising him.