12 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Rival Gold Mine's Officials Nearly Trade Blows

THERE was drama at the Kwekwe Messenger of Court offices on Friday when representatives of two gold mines fighting over claims bumped into each other in the Deputy Sheriff's office. Midkwe Minerals (Ltd) and Kwekwe Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM)(Ltd) officials nearly exchanged blows and had to be restrained by office staff. The two companies are embroiled in a bitter fight over the control of Chaka Gold Plant and the matter is before the courts. "KCGM had on Friday successfully sought a High Court order from Bulawayo barring Midkwe, who are operating at Chaka Plant, from continuing their operations.

The source said both rival companies then arrived at the Kwekwe messenger of court on Friday around 5pm to hand over their respective court documents. "When the messenger of court received papers from each of the two rival companies, they then quickly served KCGM with a Supreme Court appeal and this was when all hell broke lose. KCGM officials were left fuming and threatened to attack Midkwe officials whom they were accusing of being corrupt," said the source.

The Chronicle is in possession of both the high court order and the Supreme Court appeal which the two rival companies obtained last Friday and handed over to the Kwekwe Messenger of court at the same time.

In the High Court order granted by Bulawayo High Court judge, Justice Lawrence Kamocha and dated November 8 2012, KCGM sought to bar Midkwe from conducting mining activities at Chaka Plant gold mine.

"The respondent (Midkwe) is hereby interdicted from carrying out any mining operations on any of the applicant's mining claims or any operations at Chaka Gold plant in whatever nature whatsoever, pending the hand-over, take-over of the plant between the applicant and the respondent," read part of the order which KCGM delivered to Kwekwe messenger of court on Friday.

Midkwe also handed over a Supreme Court appeal, case number 358/2012 dated Friday 8 November to Kwekwe messenger of court the same time he received the High Court order.

"Take notice that, no leave being required, the appellant hereby appeals against the whole of the judgment of the High Court of Zimbabwe (per Kamocha J) handed down at the Bulawayo on 08 November 2012 in the consolidated causes in case numbers HC 683/12 and HC800/12. Take further notice that the appellant (Midkwe) prays that the judgment of the court a quo be set aside and in its place substituted the following,

"The provisional order in case number HC 683/12 be and is hereby discharged, The provisional order in case number HC800/12 be and is hereby confirmed and that the applicant in HC 683/12 being the first respondent in HC800/12, shall pay the costs of suit," read part of Midkwe's Supreme Court appeal.

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