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THE Supreme Court has ordered deputy lands minister Tendai Savanhu to surrender a top of the range vehicle which he forcefully took from Hwange Colliery Company after his removal as non-executive chairperson.

Savanhu approached the Supreme Court after losing the car when the High Court ordered that he surrenders the vehicle.

The Land cruiser VX200 was used by Savanhu to conduct company business during his ill-fated tenure as board chairman.

The prominent Zanu PF official and legislator for Mbare and his entire board were ousted in 2011 by shareholders at a stormy Annual General Meeting (AGM)

He had been at the helm of the coal miner since 2006.

Savanhu had approached Court on the basis that he had since entered into an agreement of sale with the company.

He argued that Hwange should sell the vehicle to him because other directors had previously been allowed to purchase vehicles allocated to them when they left.

But Supreme Court Judge, Justice Veranda Ziyambi said Savanhu had no right to retain the vehicle as there is no proof he had entered into any contract at all with the company.

The court ruled that Michael Majuru, Savanhu’s lawyer, was wasting its time on issues that did not arise at the High Court which ordered Savanhu to return the vehicle.

Hwange lawyer, aocate Thabani Mpofu, argued that the appeal should be dismissed because it had no merit.

Justice Ziyambi concurred with Mpofu and dismissed the application and ordered the junior minister to pay all legal costs on a client scale.

“The matter is hereby dismissed with all costs as the application has no merit, the appellant (Savanhu) is hereby ordered to pay the legal costs involved in this matter,” said Ziyambi in her judgement.

Source : New Zimbabwe