The Mugabe family have breathed a huge sigh of relief after small scale miners who had dragged them to the High Court demanding mining rights to their Mazowe farm have withdrawn the application.
In the application, they cited officer in charge Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Support Unit and Gushungo Holdings (Private) Limited’s chief security officer, as first and second respondents respectively.
They, however, withdrew the application on March 26, 2018, without offering reasons.
“…take notice that applicants hereby withdraw their urgent chamber application against second respondent and will tender wasted costs,” reads the notice of withdrawal.
In the application, the miners claimed that they were chased away in 2013 by Gushungo Holdings’ officers and members of the ZRP on the basis that their mining claims fell under a Protection Zone.
“The applicants approached the then mining commissioner,…(only identified as) I.N. Chihota, over the dispossession of their mining claims and he responded that Smithfield Farm is not under a Protection Zone and ordered that the second respondent (Gushungo Holdings (Private Limited) and other members of the security forces, which had been deployed thereon, should not interfere with applicant’s mining operations.
“Though the members of the security forces did not vacate the applicant’s mining claims when the mining commissioner ruled that Smithfield Farm does not fall under a protected zone, they then moved out of the farm in November 2017 and the applicants went back to their mining claims and resumed operations,” Makanya said.
According to Makanya, the ZRP and Mugabe’s security officer later deployed their officers on Smithfield Farm and barred the three men from further carrying out mining operations on their claims.
Source: Daily News