By Business Reporter – Thursday 5 September 2019
HARARE (Mining Index) – THE Henrietta Rushwaya led Zimbabwe Miners’ Federation (ZMF) executive has won a landmark court application to have their case reinstated on the Supreme Court roll.
This follows earlier false reports that claimed Rushwaya had been dethroned owing to a June 25th Supreme Court ruling.
In a brief interview, ZMF Public Relations Director, Dosman Mangisi said the reinstatement is testimony that the election of the executive was above board.
“The Rushwaya led ZMF has won their Supreme Court application for the reinstatement of their appeal. Their case is now reinstated and back on the Supreme Court roll.
“The reinstatement means the voice of miners has been heard. It also means the process that was done by then to elect the Rushwaya led executive is above board. The Ministry of Mines principals supervised the elections. It is a few individuals who want to protect their interests and compromise that exercise,” he said.
ZMF has been involved in a long protracted battle with the Zvishavane Mberengwa Miners’ Association (ZMMA) fronted by former president Ishmael Kaguru. Kaguru was ousted as ZMF president by Rushwaya in June last year; however this was after ZMMA tried to stop the elections from proceeding on the basis of manipulation allegations. The results were later invalidated by the High Court, leading to the appeal, which was thrown out by the Supreme Court.
ZMF then resubmitted its appeal before the Courts.
“The other party was not served with the invitation to inspect the papers from the registrar. The advocate has re-filed the papers for reinstatement before the Supreme Court which is now pending before the Supreme Courts. The applicant who in this case is ZMF is still waiting for the determination.
In other words, the matter is still subject/subsistence. So there is a pending application before the courts. “It is the registrar who invited and also forwarded for determination. No one is dethroned here as said in some news articles, until such time it is given a ruling in the courts. It is only a Judge who can dismiss or grant an appeal. The Supreme Court was highlighting the procedurals, so the case has not been dismissed at all. In short, Rushwaya is still in charge of the organisation, ZMF, period,” argued Mangisi at the time. ENDS//