Chimene to pay for contempt of court

Source: Chimene to pay for contempt of court | The Herald August 23, 2016

Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandiitawepi Chimene has been ordered to pay the costs of an application for contempt of charges filed against her in the High Court in a farm wrangle.

Chimene attempted to take over Mona Farm on the outskirts of Rusape.

The farm is believed to be jointly owned by former Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa, Ms Christine Murembwe and Mr Leonard Taylor.

The trio is said to be involved in wildlife, tobacco and maize production under a company known as Mona Agri-Tourism Company (Private) Limited.

Chimene refused to heed the court order. This prompted Ms Murembwe, through her laywer Mr Effort Jera of Moyo and Jera Legal Practitioners to sue for contempt of court in the High Court.

Cde Chimene, however, purged herself when the matter was brought for hearing before Justice Priscilla Chigumba last week. In that case, the judge ruled that the application for contempt of court against Cde Chimene had been overtaken by events, but ordered her to pay costs of the application.

“The applicant (Mona Agri-Tourism (Pvt) Ltd) has been restored to the premises. Second respondent (Cde Chimene) be and is hereby ordered to bear the costs of hc778/16 application for contempt of court,” said Justice Chigumba.