Zimpapers fends off Deputy Sheriff

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Reporter
The Deputy Sheriff of the High Court yesterday failed to attach and remove Zimpapers property, in accordance with a court order issued last December for the payment of US$48 409 in favour of one Innocent Manyange following payment of the required amount.

In a statement, a Zimpapers spokesperson said the company then immediately applied for a stay of execution to stop the Deputy Sheriff from disbursing the money to Manyange, as it sought the judgment to be set aside.

Zimpapers said it was still defending the case and contesting the conversion rate and procedure used to obtain the court order.

“The Deputy Sheriff of the High Court came to Herald House yesterday to attach and remove Zimpapers property, enforcing a court order issued on 11 December last year for the payment of US$48 409 in favour of Innocent Manyange.

“The removal of property was stopped when Zimpapers paid the amount. Zimpapers immediately applied for a stay of execution to stop the Deputy Sheriff from disbursing the money to Manyange, as it is seeking that the judgment be set aside,” said Zimpapers in a statement.

In 2002, Manyange who was then employed by the High Court, sued The Sunday Mail, its then news editor, Ronald Imbayago, and reporter Weston Kwete (now late) and Zimpapers for defamation damages.

Manyange won his case and was awarded Z$1,5 million in 2006.

However, Zimpapers was only served with the judgment in 2014. Subsequently, Manyange applied to the High Court to convert the amount into United States dollars at a rate of US1$ to Z$55 from which he obtained a court order, which formed the basis of the aborted attachment.

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  • Nyarai

    Justice denied and delayed for 14 years is totally abhorrent and against the constitution. Innocent Manyange deserves every cent, and must be awarded even more damages considering the unacceptable time wasted to resolve this payment.

    • Tawedzegwa

      Talking of delayed payments, I noticed elsewhere most bonuses will be paid this month, perhaps the Herald can confirm if it’s true??
      After Zimbabwe National Army and Air Force of Zimbabwe were paid on February 15 this is to be followed by bonuses for :-
      February 18 Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services
      February 22 the Health sector
      February 24 the Education sector
      February 29 the rest of the Civil service
      March 9 Pensioners and grant-aid institutions.
      It would be interesting to know from where Treasury found an extra $250 million during this month when all economic indicators are pointing downhill, and the agricultural sector is in dire need with the nation requiring massive grain imports, electricity imports, clean water and vital medical supplies.

    • mc3946

      then that means we also deserve every cent that was in the banks at the exchange rate of 1:55

  • mc3946

    Is it the Herald alone????