By EDDIE OSIFELO
ONE of the owners of Honiara Refrigeration and Air Condition, Kate Cheffers allegedly signed the Contract of Sale for her property at Ranadi without reading the documents.
Her cousin brother, Ruddy Oti, stated this to Island Sun yesterday.
As a result, the purchaser, Dr Deo Harorimana, owner of controversial AIPF SI Limited, used the contract of sale to secure the Fixed Term Estate (FTE) title from Kate.
Kate and her Australian husband, Jimmy Cheffers, have 50 percent shares each in the “struggling” company.
However, Jimmy passed away in June 2013, leaving the business to his wife and children to maintain.
Oti said after the death of Jimmy, his cousin sister approached Deo with the aim to revive the business because it was winding down.
He said their discussion resolved in both of them signing the Contract of Sale.
According to Wikipedia, a contract of sale is a legal contract for the purchase of assets (goods or property) by a buyer (or purchaser) from a seller (or vendor) for an agreed upon value in money (or money equivalent).
Oti said after the signing, Deo used the document to change the company name at Company Haus and secured the FTE from the Commissioner of Land.
However, he said the signing of Contract of Sale was done under a “rush” environment where Deo urged Kate to signed the documents without reading them.
“Deo told Kate that everything was fine and he was rushing to fly to United Kingdom,” Oti said.
He said his cousin sister Kate is not well educated and could be easily deceived in signing the documents.
Oti said Kate and him had already written to the Commissioner of Lands, Commissioner of Police, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Ministry of Commerce, UK Embassy to alert them on the actions of Deo.
Deo comes from Rwanda, but a citizen of UK and Zimbabwe.
Currently, Kate’s lawyer, Garry Fai’toa has filed a probate case in the court to allow her client to claim ownership of the property after the death of her husband.
This is because the property was registered under company name Honiara Refrigeration and Air Condition.
The case is currently pending before the court.
According to Wikipidia, probate is the judicial process whereby a will is “proved” in a court of law and accepted as a valid public document that is the true last testament of the deceased, or whereby the estate is settled according to the laws of intestacy in the state of residence of the deceased at time of death in the absence of a legal will.