18 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Bid to Stop Copac Report Flops

A FRESH bid by a Harare man Mr Danny Musukuma to stop Copac from presenting the report on the Second All Stakeholders' conference to Parliament failed when the High Court dismissed his urgent chamber application.

Justice Andrew Mutema found that the matter was not urgent before he even heard arguments from both parties.

"The application does not meet the type of urgency contemplated by the rules of this court," read the judge's comment on the matter.

Mr Musukuma was seeking to stop the process arguing that the National Statistical Report distributed to the 10 provinces and published on Copac's website was not the correct document and that the nation could not meaningfully contribute at the conference.

Mr Musukuma may pursue the case through a normal court application.

The man argued in his papers that Copac did not comply with the High Court order that directed it to distribute the copies of the National Statistical and Narrative Reports before the commencement of the second All Stakeholders conference from October 21 to 23 this year.

He argued that a different document was posted on the website and subsequently distributed to the 10 provinces.

Mr Musukuma indicated in the application that the distributed document had fewer pages than the document that was used at the conference.

Wording, colours and facts used on the documents were different.

The one that was distributed in compliance with the court order was not paginated and that it did not include special reports, Mr Musukuma said.

The document, according to Mr Musukuma, was not authentic, false and misleading.

In the final order that was being sought by Mr Musukuma, he wanted the High Court to nullify the conference and to order Copac to reconvene the meeting before approaching Parliament with the report.

He also sought an order declaring Copac to be contemptuous of the High Court.

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