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Woman accuses cops of partisanship


A Harare businesswoman, Roselyn Dadirai Makoni, has accused the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) of being partisan after police allegedly declined to record her criminal report against the councillor for Chegutu ward 2, Nyembesi Munyanyi.


Makoni has since filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking to bar Munyanyi and her colleagues from carrying out mining activities on her property in Chegutu.

“The ZRP have since declined to open a docket and to criminally prosecute first and second respondents (Munyanyi and Zimbabwe Women in Mining) citing political reasons,” Makoni said in her affidavit.

She cites Munyanyi, Zimbabwe Women in Mining, the Mining Commissioner, Ministry of Mines and the Chegutu Rural District Council (RDC) chief executive officer as respondents under case number HC14416/12.

Makoni claims she is the bona fide owner of stands 161 and 162, Gadzema Township in Chegutu, and also the owner of a mining claim known as Warrior 30, which Munyanyi has allegedly invaded.

“The 1st and 2nd respondents have recently invaded my properties without my consent and are carrying out illegal gold panning and mining activities without a prospector’s licence and without any lawful documents,” Makoni said.

Munyanyi attached to the application an agreement of lease between herself and Chegutu RDC where it is indicated she paid a deposit of $14 000 for the purchase of the two stands.

In the agreement, it is stated that the lease shall commence on September 5 this year. The matter is yet to be allocated a judge.

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