Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
A bid by some two Zanu-PF officials to elbow out businessman Mr Temba Mliswa from his position as Karoi Country Club chairman this week hit a snag after the High Court ordered the two out of the club offices.
The ruling party’s youth leader for Hurungwe West, Mr Nigel Murambiwa, and political commissar for the Zanu-PF Women’s League for the same constituency Ms Chinjai Kambuzuma, had forcibly occupied Mr Mliswa’s offices at the club, taking over the day-to-day running of the club without following due process.
High Court judge Justice Clement Phiri ordered Mr Murambiwa and Ms Kambuzuma to vacate the premises to pave way for Mr Mliswa, who is the legitimate chairman of the club.
Mr Mliswa was elected chairman of the club in June 2013.
As chairman, he chaired several meetings and was also responsible for the day-to-day running of the club and its administration.
On February 23 this year around 10am, Mr Mliswa went to the club only to discover that Mr Murambiwa and Ms Kambuzuma had invaded the chairman’s office and taken over the administration of the club.
Mr Mliswa said the two had no legal basis for taking over the administration of the club adding that they forcibly took away the keys to the office from a caretaker.
“The caretaker told me that the first and second respondents forcibly took over the keys from him.
“I confronted the first and second respondents, who told me that they had been given the go-ahead to occupy my office as a token of appreciation for their labour in campaigning for Zanu-PF in Hurungwe West 10 June 2015 by-elections,” he said.
Mr Mliswa said the two took the law into their own hands, in violation of his constitutional rights.
“I am advised by my legal counsel, which advice I fully subscribe to as the true position of the law that it is trite law that the law frowns upon those who resort to self-help by taking the law into their own hands. In this respect, by resorting to self-help, the first and second respondents despoiled me of the use of my offices aforesaid without my consent or court order,” said Mr Mliswa.