‘Pros­e­cu­tion Au­thor­ity fi­nally gets it right’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — The Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity has fi­nally got its act to­gether to en­sure that there is no un­nec­es­sary de­lays in pros­e­cut­ing cases in Hwange area.

This has been a ma­jor prob­lem as pros­e­cu­tors were sit­ting on cases of theft, poach­ing and con­tempt of court against Mr Lang­ton Ma­sunda.

In 2008 Mr Ma­sunda was found by the courts, up to the Supreme Court, that he was never the ben­e­fi­ciary of Lugo Ranch. The right­ful owner has al­ways been late Vice Pres­i­dent Cde John Nkomo. Af­ter Ma­sunda was law­fully evicted in 2008, he con­tin­ued to bla­tantly dis­re­gard the court or­der and car­ried on in­ter­rupt­ing op­er­a­tions at the ranch.

Re­port af­ter re­port were made to po­lice. But some­how the dock­ets never left the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice, they were be­ing blocked by some­one there. As a re­sult Mr Ma­sunda never had his day in court.

I had to fi­nally ap­proach the re­gional pros­e­cu­tors of­fice in Bu­l­awayo to in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­bil­ity of cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties at their Hwange of­fices. I could not un­der­stand why none of all the eight cases we re­ported since be­gin­ning of 2009 were ever pros­e­cuted.

Thanks to the pro­fes­sional and speedy re­sponse of the Re­gional of­fice, Mr Ma­sunda has since seen his day in court. I am glad that he has been con­victed of two cases so far and sen­tenced.

My per­sonal view though is that the sen­tences were too le­nient for a per­son who has caused so much grief and made us to lose a lot of sa­fari busi­ness since 2008 when he was evicted but kept com­ing back. I just hope that the mag­is­trate will take this into ac­count on the still out­stand­ing cases. A de­ter­rant sen­tence should serve him good.

Mr Ma­sunda had be­come a law unto him­self and I am told some­times he de­clares that noone will do any­thing to him. Uyadelela kakhulu. I will carry on to en­sure he is pros­e­cuted for all the re­main­ing cases. Jabu Nkomo, Bu­l­awayo. WE em­brace the bond notes. Those who hate them can use other cur­ren­cies, if avail­able. When bond coins were in­tro­duced I re­mem­ber some cus­tomers in su­per­mar­kets would tell cashiers that they pre­ferred rand coins to bond coins. But to­day the bond coins are rul­ing. Thanks to Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe for adding the one dol­lar bond coin. We won’t stop sup­port­ing any Govern­ment pol­icy or mea­sures aimed at solv­ing our cur­rent eco­nomic prob­lems. We re­ceive with both hands the much de­bated bond notes. — Cde Muzvina­vanhu

AS a Caps United fan I would like to give an over­all as­sess­ment of our foot­ball stan­dards. Win­ning the golden boot with 11 goals says more about our stan­dards. We do miss pro­lific strik­ers, re­mem­ber this is a na­tion that pro­duced Shacky Tauro, the Ndlovu broth­ers Peter and Adam, Vi­talis Takawira, our own Ge­orge Nechi­ronga and Never Chiku. Apart from that, the league ti­tle is ours. — Jonah, Gweru

SO­CIAL me­dia char­ac­ters who are cir­cu­lat­ing neg­a­tive sto­ries about the bond note are sadists who thrive on the prob­lems faced by this coun­try. They are threat­ened by any in­ter­ven­tion in­tended to make this coun­try bet­ter. — Henry Jaramba

I am wor­ried about so­cial me­dia images which cir­cu­lated on Sun­day where some­one seemed to have al­ready laid their hands on the bond notes. We need an ex­pla­na­tion from the RBZ re­gard­ing this mat­ter be­cause it seems our bank­ing sys­tem is not wa­ter­tight. — Maun­ganidze V, Bin­dura

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