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MIPF, Harare battle over Nkomo statue site


The Mining Industry Pension Fund (MIPF) and Harare City Council are battling for the control of the space near Karigamombe Centre, where the municipality intends to erect the statue of the late Joshua Nkomo.
Under a business deal entered into by MIPF before council planned to erect Nkomo’s statue, local retail outlet Innscor agreed to construct a food court.
MIPF owns Karigamombe Centre and the deal between the two parties would make it difficult to erect the statue legally difficult.
The issue of Nkomo’s statue has provoked much debate, with the late national hero’s family and people from Matabeleland resisting the move as a political insult.
However, Harare City Council has apparently ignored the protests and is continuing with the construction on the site where the statue is to be erected.
MIPF last week filed an urgent High Court application challenging the construction of Nkomo’s statue at the site saying they had entered in an agreement with Innscor well before council decided to honour Nkomo by erecting the statue.
In the court papers MIPF argued that the erection of the statue would make the deal unfavourable for Innscor.
The case will be heard before Justice Ben Hlatshwayo tomorrow.
Harare City Council, Mutual Construction and co-Home Affairs ministers Theresa Makone and Kembo Mohadi are cited as respondents.
Contacted for comment yesterday, Makone said she was too busy to entertain interviews.
Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said he would not comment on the matter as it was now before the courts. He said the land in question belonged to the city council.
A full council meeting discussed the proposal recently, sparking a row over the site.
The name Karigamombe has irked people in Matabeleland who view the site as politically incorrect.

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