BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
ZIMBABWE Independent newspaper (ZimInd) and Transparency International Zimbabwwe (TIZ) have piled pressure on the government to obey a High Court order to furnish the media institution with details of a controversial deal for the purchase of buses for public transporter, Zupco.
Lawyers representing the applicants, Atherstone and Cook Legal Practitioners said seven days had elapsed without any information from the Local Government, Finance and Transport ministries who are cited as respondents.
“We refer to the above matter and the judgment delivered by the Honourable Justice Mafusire on July 13, this year under Judgment No HH 464/22. As you will note from the operative part of the order, in particular, paragraphs 2 and 3 which relate to your clients, the ministries of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, as well as Finance and Economic Development, were ordered to, supply our client, through our office, within seven days of the date of the order, written reasons for their refusal to provide the information sought through letters dated 3 and 9 September 2020, and 2 March 2021 pertaining to the procurement of the 64-seater buses consigned to Zupco; and to pay our client’s costs of suit, jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved,” their letter read in part.
“Pursuant to the above order of the court, we hereby formally request your compliance with same, in particular, paragraph 2 of the order without further delay. Failing which, our client shall approach the Court for appropriate relief without further notice.”
The lawyers said they would advise in due course of the costs the client incurred because of the respondents’ actions.
The High Court ordered the ministry to provide the ZimInd with information pertaining to the purchase of the buses.
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