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MDC-T bandanas lawsuit resumes

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THE Supreme Court will today make a ruling in a R5 million legal wrangle between the MDC-T and Cabat Trade and Finance (Pvt) Limited and Security Mills over the party’s refusal to pay for the campaign T-shirts supplied by the two firms in the run-up to the 2008 harmonised elections.

Report by Richard Muponde Senior Court Reporter

The two Bulawayo firms had appealed against the ruling by judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha to throw out their claim of almost R5 million against the MDC-T.

Kamocha accepted MDC-T’s argument that the deal was illegal since Zimbabwe had not yet formalised use of multi-currencies when the deal was struck.

However, Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba and Justices Anne-Mary Gowora and Yunus Omerjee sitting in Bulawayo yesterday, deferred the matter to today for ruling on the legality of the transaction.

MDC-T lawyer Advocate Lewis Uriri and the two firms’ lawyer Richard Fitches have locked horns over the issue of the legality of the transaction after Kamocha’s ruling in favour of MDC-T.

MDC-T is arguing that it never entered into such a contract with the two firms.

The salient facts of the case are that the MDC-T represented by Eddie Cross, authorised Simon Spooner to enter into a verbal agreement with Security Mills represented by Laurence Zlattner to print and supply 200 000 MDC-T campaign
T-Shirts and bandanas.

The material was to be used for MDC-T’s 2008 election campaign and the cost was R4 965 723 including value added tax.

Given the size of the order, Security Mills agreed to supply the order in batches to accommodate MDC-T’s express stipulation that the total order be delivered in time for the campaign.

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