A Harare magistrate has ordered the arrest of flamboyant businessman, Frank Buyanga if he does not return a four-year old minor he took during the Easter holiday’s back to the mother, his estranged lover.
A magistrate identified as Moyo sitting at Harare Civil Courts ordered that the flashy businessman be arrested for contempt of court charges a day after he failed to have his ex-girlfriend Chantelle Muteswa locked up for allegedly defying a court order to give him a passport for their minor ahead of the Easter holidays.
The police had initially arrested Buyanga’s ex-lover and she was arraigned before the Harare magistrate court were bail was opposed but the matter crumbled like a deck of cards.
Buyanga has a four year old child with Muteswa and the two have been fighting for custody of the minor, although the court gave the mother the right to take care of the child and tycoon allowed to have the kid over the weekends.
In her papers, Chantelle argued that she has legal custody over her 4 year old son. The lad is also ill, papers reveal.
In the latest case, Buyanga caused Muteswa to be arrested and arraigned before Babra Mateko facing charges of refusing to release the minors’ passport so that Buyanga could travel with him to South Africa over the holidays.
According to state papers, Muteswa was supposed to hand over the minor to Buyanga as well as the passport last week to enable him to go to SA with the minor but she opted to hand over the passport to her lawyers, Munyaradzi Bwanya of Wilmot and Bennett legal practitioners.
Court papers show that Buyanga was granted an order late Wednesday last week in which Muteswa was supposed to surrender their son’s passport.
She however deposited the passport with her lawyers for onward transmission to Buyanga’s representatives before travelling for the holidays.
After failing to get the passport, Buyanga then opened a criminal case against the ex-lover and on Friday she was arraigned before a magistrate where she was released on free bail after a police officer called to testify in the matter failed to prove why bail should be denied.
During the bail hearing, a police constable identified as Jonga at first said Muteswa should not be given bail but failed to sustain his arguments forcing Sebastian Mutizirwa, the state prosecutor to admit that the state’s bid to deny her bail was weak and had no legal support.
Buyanga and Muteswa have been in the courts since they broke up in 2014 heckling over the custody of their minor child.