Smart Express bus operator Makosi in messy divorce, to lose property worth thousands of US dollars

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MUTARE bus operator, Charles Makosi’s messy divorce will see him losing property worth thousands of United States of America dollars after a High Court judge granted the divorce settlement.

The polygamous Makosi of Smart Express (Private) Limited claimed to have five other wives. However, according to court papers, he does not remember the five’s exact addresses.

Makosi has been in court before over maintenance issues.

In the recent case, he was dragged to the High Court by his ex-wife, Perpertua Nyamunokora, who was claiming an assortment of household property, a motor vehicle, ownership of a house in Palmerstone, as well as half of the shares in Smart Express Bus Company consisting of three buses and US$175 000.

Alternatively, Nyakunokora claimed 50 percent of the estate and costs of the suit.

The divorce issue between Makosi and Nyamunokora had been before Mutare High Court judge, Justice Isaac Muzenda, from July 22, 2019 and was finalised recently.

Makosi and Nyamunokora have three minor children.

Justice Muzenda awarded Nyamunokora a Toyota Revo vehicle, 30 percent of the value of the Palmerstone residential property, 20 percent of the value of the Rhodesview property and most of the household property.

The court also ruled that Nyamunokora should continue staying at the Palmerstone property until she buys out Makosi or if she is paid her share.

“Both properties shall be evaluated by a registered estate agent who is to be paid by both parties proportionally to each’s share and the evaluation should be done when the youngest child attains the age of legal age of majority or becomes self-supporting where-after the plaintiff will be afforded first option to buy out the first defendant.

“If she fails, the first defendant (Makosi) within six months will be afforded that opportunity to do so, six months after the expiry of the time accorded to the plaintiff to buy him out. Failure to do so, the properties will be sold by private treaty and the parties will be paid out appropriately,” ruled Justice Muzenda.

During Makosi and Nyamunokora’s union, the parties acquired the Palmerstone house, refurbished and extended it before acquiring and developing a stand in Rhodesview.

Nyamunokora claimed that she also participated in the formation of Smart Express (Pvt) Limited by providing moral support and labour.

Although Nyamunokora had jointly sued Makosi and Smart Express (Pvt) Limited, she was only awarded one vehicle, while her claim for buses and US$175 000 was dismissed.

Makosi and Nyamunokora were married in 2009.

During their union, Smart Express (Pvt) Limited was established in 2016.

However, it emerged during the hearing that Makosi and his mother, Aruma Makwamba, are the two shareholders in the bus company.

Makwamba also confirmed ownership of the buses when she testified in court, saying she got the money to buy them from her late husband.

Blessward Mungure of Makombe and Associates appeared for Nyamunokora, while Victor Chinzamba of Mugadza, Chinzamba and Partners appeared for Makosi.

Chris Ndlovu of Gonese and Ndlovu Legal Practitioners appeared for Smart Express (Pvt) Limited.

— Manica Post


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