MEANWOOD Property Development Cooperation has sued MMD president Nevers Mumba, Cosmas Mwanashiku and Charity Daka in the Lusaka High Court over a piece of land the former purchased from them at over K1 million but discovered that other people have titles for part of it.
According to a statement of claim filed in the principal registry, the plaintiff stated that Mumba, in his capacity as president of Victory Ministries International, had agreed to sale them a piece of land which is in Kitwe according to the negotiations they both entered into.
“Upon my acceptance of the offer to purchase the land, the second defendant and third defendant in their capacity as registered trustees of Victory Ministries International did execute the requisite documents to facilitate the conveyance of the land,” the plaintiff stated.
The plaintiffs further stated that they had executed the sale of the land with the defendants at over K1 million which was paid to the Victory Ministries in full.
“Upon the execution of contract of sale and obtaining presidential consent to assign, the second defendant and third defendant did execute an assignment dated July 11, 2011 in which the said farm was assigned to us. Upon the execution of the contract of sale and obtaining, they executed an assignment dated July 11, 2011 in which the farm was assigned to the company,” the plaintiff added.
They further stated that in an attempt to develop the land, some people came to clear up the same land saying they were sent by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and Mubambe Muchende, who claimed to be the owners of the land measuring 10.1160 hectares and that they had produced the certificate of ownership of the land.
The plaintiff stated that it approached Victory Ministries to resolve the issue regarding the claim by Hichilema and Muchende but nothing had happened and the plaintiff had stopped all development projects.
The plaintiffs stated that the defendants ought to have known that they were selling land that was encumbered and that almost half of it belonged to other people.
The plaintiff therefore claims that the defendants should deliver the said land free from encumbrances, damages for loss of business, costs and any other relief the court might deem fit.