Chidakwa complies with court order

Mines minister Walter Chidakwa, together with parastatals operating in the Chiadzwa diamond fields, have complied with a court order allowing Mbada Diamonds security personnel back on site to safeguard the company’s property, as the licensing impasse rages on.

Addressing parties’ representatives in chambers, High Court judge, Justice Joseph Mafusire said he had been advised “there was a substantial compliance with the court order by the respondents” (Chidakwa, Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, Marange Resources, Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company and Mbada Diamonds).

Last week, Chidakwa was held to be in contempt of court following his non-compliance with the court order issued in favour of Grandwell Holdings, who are the major shareholders of Mbada Diamonds.

Chidakwa had previously indicated he had not defied the court order, but that Mbada’s security personnel had to undergo security checks first, which was a prerequisite, before being allowed into the diamond fields despite the fact that the same guards used to secure the premises before the Zimbabwe Republic Police took over.

The application by Grandwell Holdings challenging the government’s decision to withdraw licences of all diamond mining firms in Chiadzwa continued yesterday, with Mbada Diamonds maintaining the move should be reversed as the gem mining firm was not consulted over the resolution despite holding 50% shares in the joint venture with the government. Mbada said it approached the court seeking restoration of its possession to discourage “self-help actions” that had been conducted by government.

Meanwhile, another diamond mining company, Chinese-owned Anjin Investments, has also approached the High Court seeking to have Chidakwa’s directive declared null and void.The matter is set for hearing tomorrow.

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  1. ANJIN, you have looted enough. Just shut up. Did you see any Zimbabwean company looting resources in your country? For how long should the people of Zimbabwe survive on left overs from foreigners. Why cant you adhere to professional business ethics if you want to operate in Zimbabwe? We say forward with the decision until there is transparency. Down with looters. Looters are just like economic saboteurs. God blessed Zimbabwe with natural resources so that its children would survive on, but today some foreigners take advantage of existing bilateral relations to siphon out what belongs to us. STOP IT

  2. This is baffling. The Minister should have anticipated this legal outcome. So why did he expropriate mines with serious consequences of lack of rule of law and respect for property rights? How does govt woo FDIs to Zimbabwe with such a poor record? Is there any cost/benefit analysis done b4 such fatal decisions are made by govt? What message is the govt sending to potential future investors like Dangote and others? So much for mega deals!

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