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    Mirror Court case: Shiri ordered to avail names in 14 days

     Rtd Air Marshal Perrance Shiri.

    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO-
    High Court Judge, Joseph Mafusire has given the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Rtd Air Marshal Perrance Shiri 14 days to avail names of people who were allocated plots with mature sugarcane by Government in 2016.
    The Minister faces 90 days in prison if he fails to deliver the names within the prescribed period.
    The Mirror represented by Martin Mureri of Mureri and Matutu approached the High Court in 2016 seeking an order to get names of 213 farmers who were allocated sugarcane plots from Tongaat in 2016. The farmers went on to harvest the crop and sell it as their own although there was not a drop of input from them.
    There was however, a public outcry that the plots were allocated corruptly as the list is littered with names of powerful politicians, their children and wives. It is also alleged that senior Government officials and in particular permanent secretaries dominate the list.
    The Mirror then sought the list from the Ministry of Lands on the premise that the information was in the public interest but bureaucrats refused to release the names saying that they were confidential.
    The Mirror, then approached the High Court and Justice Mafusire ordered that the names be released.  The Ministry failed to release the names as ordered on the grounds that it will make an appeal.
    The Ministry did not appeal and The Mirror went back to court last week and the order to release the names within 14 days was given with the consent of the Government lawyer, Talent Undenge.


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