HIGH COURT judge Justice Felistus Chatukuta last Friday convicted Magamba eChimurenga Housing (Private) Limited and Clifford Hokonya, a war veteran, of contempt of court after the latter defied a court order and occupied Gorlon House illegally.
Report by Charles Laiton
They were ordered to leave the building immediately.
Magamba eChimurenga Housing and Hokonya had allegedly taken the law into their own hands by forcibly taking occupation of the building from which they had been evicted by the court.
Their actions prompted the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to file an urgent chamber application seeking a fine against the firm and Hokonya’s imprisonment.
“It is ordered by consent that (a), The first and second respondents be and are hereby found to in contempt of court, (b) That the first and second respondents be and are hereby ordered to purge their contempt by vacating Gorlon House, 7 Jason Moyo Avenue, immediately. (c) That the first and second respondents pay cost of this application jointly and severally one paying the other to be absolved,” Justice Chatukuta said.
In a related incident late last year, two war veterans’ groups fought over land in the southern parts of the Harare currently held by Magamba eChimurenga group.
Hokonya and Charles Mpofu, from the Harare province of the war veterans’ association, were allegedly leading the fight against Magamba eChimurenga.
Magamba eChimurenga, headed by Andrew Ndlovu, were demanding an eviction order against the war veterans from Amsterdam Park, just outside the capital city near Boka Tobacco Sales Floor.