Northern business tycoons Ben “Benz” Zaaruka and Erastus ‘Chicco’ Shapumba are embroiled in a N$4.5m property dispute which has spilled into the courts.
A lawsuit was instituted by Chicco through his lawyer Sisa Namandje over Erf number 5746 in Ongwediva measuring about 2103 square metres which houses the new Benz Mall opposite the Show Grounds.
Chicco claims he was only left with 487 square metres of the plot after Benz took much of the land and accused the later “of conniving with the Ongwediva Town Council for the property.”
But Zaaruka claims he bought the property from the town council procedurally.
“There is really no issue, everything is still going as initially planned, we are of course waiting for the courts to decide but right now I have no problem with my mall, or business at the mall in general. There is no going back for me that man is just trying to ‘create a storm in tea cup,” said Zaaruka.
Zaaruka and Shapumba who both have several multi-million dollar business and properties in northern Namibia have been feuding in a show down that started last year when Chicco had threatened to halt construction work at the billion dollar shopping mall.
Benz maintains that Shapumba is causing dispute over a small portion of land which is about 60sqaure metres in measurement.
“It’s a small tower, this person is just creating a big story over a small tiny issue,” Benz said.
But Chicco said he has nothing further to comment on the issue as his lawyers are the ones handling it, and further referred all queries to the Ongwediva Town Council.
“I have nothing to talk on that issue, Zaaruka is a fellow businessman and I have nothing against him, the town council is the one turning us against each other. They (town Council) should tell us who that property belongs to because as it is, I pay for the water bills on that property. If that property is not mine why then does the town council bill me, you can go to the deed office and see for yourself even last month I went to pay for services on that property,” said Shapumba.
“I really have no time for propaganda, I am a businessman and I don’t want to have bad blood with other business people, I just want peace, Zaaruka is businessman I respect greatly but now he is behaving like “kwaito,”. They know they are in the wrong and he could have come to me so that we can solve this issue amicably. This matter was not supposed to get this far at all,” added Shapumba.