Constitutional lawyer and Harare East legislator Tendai Biti has accused Kenneth Raydon Sharpe’s business partner Tatiana Aleshina of abusing state institutions, including the Office of the President and judiciary to fight opponents.
Biti made the claims at courts (Friday) where he wants his alleged assault case referred to the Constitutional Court.
Biti said letters from Aleshina that form court records in a litany of cases against Sharpe have exposed her links with the executive as well as her influence over the judiciary.
He said Aleshina used her influence over the Office of the President and judiciary to secure a deed of settlement signed between Sharpe’s company, Augur Investments and Local Government minister July Moyo in 2019 that legalised the takeover of vast tracts of land in Harare.
Biti said the deed of settlement also granted criminal immunity to Sharpe, Aleshina and their associates, Michael Van Blerk, and Alexander Sheremet, among others.
He said due to Aleshina’s influence, the Harare City Council was forced to withdraw criminal charges against Van Blerk.