By Court Correspondent

July Moyo protected the interests of the embattled Harare land baron, Kenneth Raydon Sharpe in his capacity as the Minister of Local Government. Fresh details obtained from court documents revealed that the Minister acted under unclear circumstances to shield the controversial land dealer from prosecution over countless corrupt land deals.

The shrewd move by the Minister resulted in Kenneth Sharpe acquiring a green light to invevitably  bargain vast tracks of lands from the City of Harare. This was ochaestrated under the guise  of his controversial companies.

Harare Businessman, George Katsimberis revealed the sad reality through a High Court Challenge,  revealing that July Moyo usurped the Prosecutor General’s powers to grant Sharpe, his companies and an undefined number of associates criminal immunity, through a secretive deed of settlement.

Katsimberis told the High Court that Moyo’s immunity to Sharpe also shielded all of his associates, noting that this could end up being abused by the self-exiled businessman to protect criminals around him.

Kenneth Sharpe ‘City Land Baron’

“The people given immunity are so many that the deed of settlement will purportedly continue to protect the 3rd Respondent’s associates forever. And, with associates not being defined anywhere, the deed of settlement effectively makes it possible for anyone that 3rd respondent claims to be their associate to be untouchable by the criminal justice system. Such a wide discretion given to a private entity, and such blanket immunity, is not even enjoyed by the people who have immunity in terms of the constitution,” said Katsimberis.

He further reminded the High Court that it was unconstitutional and against tenets of good governance and public accountability for a government department to enter into confidential agreements with a private citizen.

“In any event, to the extent that the deed of settlement states that it is confidential, it is in violent of section 62 of the Constitution. For the purposes of public accountability, the state cannot enter into secret agreements of this nature, which have no national or public policy justification for said secrecy,” added Katsimberis.

Katsimberis who is a state witness in case in which he reported Sharpe’s Augur Investments OU for malicious damage to property said the inclusion of the secretive deed of settlement as part of the accused’s defence smacked of a plan to intimidate him that they are untouchable due to fraudulently granted immunity.