Kazembe sued over copper licensing  

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HOME Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe, pictured, has been sued by a local mining firm after he allegedly suspended issuing copper licences early this month.
He allegedly made the announcement during a Bindura rally.
The firm, Jadeyed Investments (Jadeyed), which supplies copper to Mimosa Mining Company and Zimbabwe Alloys, cited Kazembe and Attorney-General Prince Machaya as respondents in the matter.
Jadeyed wants Kazembe to be interdicted from suspending the licensing and an order for him to issue their firm with a copper licence within 72 hours if their application succeeds.
The court heard Jadeyed’s licence expired on May 28 and they communicated in writing with the ministry for renewal, but never received any response.
They later visited Kazembe on August 17, but could not see him because of lockdown-induced restrictions.
Jadeyed principal director Decide Chisango sought clarity on why licences have not been issued and was told that Kazembe had suspended their issuance while addressing a rally in Bindura at the beginning of this month.
However, when he sought to see the government notice of the suspension, it could not be produced.
“The applicant as a business entity with employees and subsisting contraction which bestow him obligations to perform was left with no option except to approach the court on an urgent basis to rescue himself from the impending continual losses and possible bankruptcy,” Chisango said.
“It is improper for the first respondent (Kazembe) to shun the processing of copper licences without consultations or valid reasons and without giving adequate notice to the players affected. As alluded to, there has not been a government notice or warning by the respondent to the effect of the same and in pursuance of a speech made at a rally.”
Chisango said they had stocks of copper which they could not trade without a valid licence and was burdened by their employees’ families and creditors who are now demanding their dues.
“I have no doubt that the actions of the first respondent have placed the applicant in a very difficult position, worse than walking on a knife-edge or a precipice.”

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