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    Thursday, 9 May 2019

    Hero Justin Chauke family fights co-operative over use of name

    Francis Moyo

    CHIREDZI – Some members of the late national hero Justin Chauke’s family are livid that a housing co-operative in Chiredzi is using their father’s name without paying royalties for it.
    Grace Chauke, the late hero’s fourth daughter and Sarah Chauke his niece who was appointed administrator of the Estate are in the forefront of claiming royalties from the Chiredzi-based Justin Chauke Housing Cooperative.
    Justin Chauke a liberation war hero who hailed from Chikombedzi in Chief Sengwe’s area was declared national hero and buried at the National Heroes’ Acre.
    The Justin Chauke Housing Co-operative was formed in 2012 and its founders include Francis Moyo, the former chairman of Chiredzi Town Council. The Justin Chauke Co-op which has 500 members has interest in residential stands. The members paid $25 each as joining fees.
    Grace accused the co-operative of using their father’s name for their benefit without anything accruing to the family. She also said that the name was used without the consent of the family and this, she argued was tantamount to fraud. She said that they approached Moyo over the issue and he promised to give some stands to the family but this has not happened.
    Moyo however, professed ignorance over the matter. He said that although he no longer had anything to do with the co-operative he was of the view that the co-operative has no obligation to pay anything to the family since Chauke is a public figure; a national hero buried at the National Heroes’ Acre.
    The chairman of the co-operative Stephen Goto said that the co-operative has not fulfilled its pledge to the Chauke family because its application for stands was twice turned down by Chiredzi Town Council.
    “In 2016 we came to realise that there was a housing cooperative named after my father. Grace and myself met Frango (sic) over the issue and he apologised and promised that the cooperative was going to give us stands as a token of appreciation but this did not happen,” said Grace.
    She threatened legal action if the matter was not resolved to the family’s satisfaction.
    “That is a national name which can be used for such purposes. There was no need for us to ask for permission from the family to use that name. I however, no longer have anything to do with that housing cooperative. You can talk to the chairman Goto,” said Moyo.
    “We applied stands twice to council and we have not yet received positive results. We have stopped taking new members because we don’t know when we will get stands,” said Goto.

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