Chidakwa arrested for contempt of court

Former Mines minister Walter Chidakwa was yesterday picked up by police in Gweru on contempt of court charges, arising from a mining dispute which he presided over during his tenure as a Cabinet minister.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Chidakwa is alleged to have written to the Gweru Magistrates’ Court allegedly indicating that he was not going to comply with the court order given.

Chidakwa’s lawyer, Advocate Sylvester Hashiti yesterday confirmed the developments, saying he had been advised his client was in police custody in Mtapa and was expected to appear in court soon.

“It is true, Chidakwa is under police custody and police are investigating a case of contempt of court. I am making efforts to establish what is happening as of now and when he is likely to appear in court.”

“I understand the charge is emanating from a letter written from his office while he was the Mines minister, to the effect that he was not going to comply with a court order pertaining to a mining dispute between two other parties,” Hashiti added.
Midlands police could not be reached for comment.

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