Zanu PF bigwigs in mine scandal

TOP Zanu PF officials Andrew Langa and Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu have been sucked into a mine ownership wrangle after an Israeli national allegedly used a fraudulent High Court order to wrestle the mine from a Filabusi couple before making the two politicians shareholders in Trianic Mining and Milling Company.

PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI
SENIOR REPORTER

Nqobile Khumalo and Francisca Mufambi filed a notice with the Supreme Court in Harare on January 21 2014 challenging the authenticity of the High Court order (HC3542/11) through which Trianic Investments’ directorship was fraudulently changed.

Khumalo and Mufambi’s shares in the mine (32%) were subsequently split among Insiza Zanu PF legislator and Sport, Arts and Culture minister Langa (10%), Ndlovu (5%), Filabusi councillor Sikholwethu, B Ngwenya (10%) and Oliver Chikarara (7%).

The other shareholders are Reouven Meyer Dray, Avi Habot (both from Israel), with 44% and 5% respectively and Dorcas Tiwaringe (4%) while the employee share ownership scheme and the Community Share Ownership Scheme hold 5% and 10% respectively.

“Our clients own a mine in Insiza Rural District Council called Trianic Investments (Pvt) Ltd.

“However, they were muscled out of their mine by the MP of the area, Langa and colleagues, who have since made themselves directors of the company,” reads the notice filed by Mugiya and Macharaga Legal Practitioners.

Khumalo and Mufambi were served with a provisional order allegedly obtained at the Bulawayo High Court on December 7 2011 by the Deputy Sheriff for Filabusi and, subsequently, by the Deputy Sheriff for Bulawayo who told them to disregard the first order.

“Our client went to Bulawayo High Court so that he could peruse and photocopy the file relating to that order, but the file could not be located.

“In fact, the case number (HC3542/11) was allocated to a different case altogether, which is a matrimonial case,” argued the lawyers.

Another check was made at the court on January 16 2014, where the lawyers established that the file did not exist in the system and was not even registered in the Registrar’s Index.

According to the High Court provisional order, Justice Nicholas Ndou dissolved the directorship of Khumalo and Mufambi and ordered them to pay $4000 and not to interfere with operations at the mining site. They were also interdicted from exercising their signing powers with the company’s Agribank and Stanbic Bank accounts.

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