Controversial businessman Frank Buyanga who has been embroiled in a bitter child custody wrangle with his estranged lover has fled the country after forcefully taking the child last week. Information reaching iHarare from the Zimmorningposthas revealed that the flamboyant businessman jetted out of the country together with his son soon after the incident. last week iHarare published shocking CCTV footage exposing the well-orchestrated abduction which was executed by the unknown assailants in
Soon after Buyanga, who holds South African citizenship, dramatically snatched the minor last week, Muteswa filed a police report accusing the former of kidnapping and murder. However, Buyanga quickly fled the country with the child. Buyanga’s lawyer, Wilson Manase confirmed the development and told the court that, his client had gone out of the country with the minor for business purposes.
‘We write to inform you that after the hearing on Monday at 2.30, we consulted our client who is now out of this Honorable Court’s jurisdiction as he is out of the country where he travelled on a business trip with the child.
This application has therefore been overtaken by events, We believe while the horse has bolted, this application becomes irrelevant as far as it’s intents are concerned,’ Manase said in a letter written to the Registrar of the High Court.
Buyanga’s lawyers insist that the joint custody order subsists since their client was not properly served with papers suggesting otherwise.
‘The purported appeal by the applicant against Zhou’s judgement lapsed as it was not properly served to the first respondent. In this regard making it a nullity,’ submitted Manase.
Meanwhile, last week Muteswa wrote to police commissioner-general Godwin Matanga and Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo seeking clarity on the status of investigations regarding the kidnapping and attempted murder matters. She accused Buyanga of interfering with police investigations and obstructing justice.