Cabinet Minster found guilty of contempt and sentenced to 3 months in jail. Winston Chitando neglected or was refusing to transfer mining claims from North Rand (Private) Limited to RioZim Limited. The court further said the minister could avoid serving time in prison by taking steps to comply with the previous court judgements within a period of seven days.
Minster of mines Winston Chitando was slapped with 90 days behind bars after the court found him guilty of contempt on two separate counts. Part of the ruling reads
“The first respondent (Chitando) is found in contempt of the orders that were granted by this honourable court on June 6, 2018, and October 10, 2018. “The first respondent be and is hereby committed to the Harare Remand Prison for a period of three months.
“The warrant of committal is, however, suspended for seven days on condition that the first respondent shall faithfully and dutifully comply with the orders given in this court…”
Ironically, last year Chitando made news when he suspended 10 officials from the Mines Ministry over allegations of corruption and related malpractices in the awarding and administration of mining claims.
Chitando said the officials were suspended after his office had received numerous complaints from stakeholders and ordinary people over awarding and managing of mining claims.
Said Chitando at the time. The Ministry of Mines and Mining development has been seized with a lot of complaints from stakeholders over service delivery especially from its provincial offices,” “Such investigations have resulted in the suspension of surveyors at its Mashonaland West provincial mining office.
Source – iHarare
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