HARARE – Core Mining director Lovemore Kurotwi says government lawyers representing Marange Resources are clandestinely trying to influence his business partners outside the country to nail him in his ongoing trial.
The former mine proprietor, hounded out in the mining company in 2010 on allegations of fraud, says the lawyers are using unscrupulous means to tarnish his image abroad.
The lawyers who investigated the joint venture agreement between Core and Marange resulting in its “dissolution” and subsequent arrest of Kurotwi, are now representing Marange in the arbitration process meant to settle acrimonious investment relationship.
“They went to Angola and met my investment partner. They tried to bribe him so that he could fabricate facts against me,” says Kurotwi.
According to Kurotwi, who is fighting to reclaim his investment share in Marange through arbitration, the lawyers are being used by Mines minister Obert Mpofu.
Kurotwi said the lawyers have failed to put a case against him on behalf of Mpofu despite conducting an investigation which caused the arrest of Kurotwi and other Zimbabwe Mining Development directors.
Marange lawyers approached the High Court seeking an interdict to the on-going arbitration process and Justice Mary Dube dismissed the application lashing out at the attorneys for “abusing court processes”.
Marange has since appealed to the Supreme Court.