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    Mirror lawsuit: Ministry of Lands bows down




    •    Full list of names next week

    SAMANTHA MAKAZA

    MASVINGO - The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement has finally bowed down to demands by The Mirror for it to release the names of 213 farmers who were allocated sugarcane plots in Hippo Valley and Triangle in 2016.
    Members of the public complained that the allocation process was not transparent and therefore corrupt. The Mirror sought the list of names to verify the allegations but the Ministry insisted that the list was not going to be released because it was a State secret.
    Represented by Martin Mureri of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, The Mirror applied to the High Court and the Ministry contested the case and lost. The Ministry made an attempt to appeal against Justice Joseph Mafusire of Masvingo High Court’s ruling but later abandoned the process.
    Mirror Editor, Nkulumani Mlambo said that he is pleased with Justice Mafusire’s ruling as it is in the interest of transparency and free-flow of information which rights are enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
    “We are releasing the full list of names as given to us by Government so that the record is in the public domain and citizens can see for themselves who got what under that scheme,” said Mlambo.

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