Ministers in contempt of court

Tarisai Machakaire


LOCAL Government minister July Moyo and his Water and Environment counterpart Mangaliso Ndlovu have been found contemptuous of the High Court after failing to institute investigations into unlawful land development at Greystone Park and Helensvale wetlands in Harare and fined $2 000 each.

This was after Borrowdale Ratepayers and Residents Association filed a contempt of court application against City of Harare, Moyo, Ndlovu and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) after failing to comply with an order issued by Justice Faith Mushure in April 2019 to probe the land development.

“The respondents shall forthwith exercise the statutory powers to carry out investigations into the legality of the developments at the sites particularly with regard the environmental impact of developments and what, if any, administrative procedures have been undertaken by the developers and the respondents in terms of the Regional, Town and Country Planning Act, Urban Councils Act, Environmental Management Act, the Water Act and Zimbabwe National Water Authority Act,” read Mushure’s order.

“They were ordered to provide results of the investigations to Borrowdale Ratepayers and Residents Association.”

In the contempt order issued by Justice Benjamin Chikowero on June 16, City of Harare, Moyo, Ndlovu and Zinwa were fined $2 000 each wholly suspended for 30 days on condition that they comply with the initial order.

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