Hwange Coal Gasification Company (Pvt) Ltd (Hwange) has taken the Minister of Mines and Mining Development Winston Chitando to court in a bid to compel the latter to issue the former with a coke exporting license, the Daily News reports. The company wants the court to issue the license according to the publication.
It is the applicant (Hwange)’s case that:
Hwange has been renewing its export permit with the ministry annually. This year they began the process on July 6 since the licence was due to expire on July 25. The application for renewal was submitted to the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) Harare office which approved it on July 13.
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Following the approval by MMCZ, the metallurgy department also sanctioned the application after which Hwange Coal Gasification Company was given an invoice for the annual permit renewal valued $200 000.
The application was then forwarded to the Mines ministry which advised the company to come back on July 20.
After making several visits to the ministry’s offices, Hwange was informed on July 29 that the only thing holding back the issuance of the coke export licence was the minister’s signature since all other functionaries had already approved it.
A follow up visit was made at Chitando’s offices on August 3 where Hwange was told that there was an error in their application, which ought to be changed, but they were never adequately briefed about the anomaly. Since then the Mines minister has not acted on Hwange’s application.
Court papers submitted by the applicant seen by the publication pertaining to the case reads in part:
The respondent continues to trade in a veil of secrecy and the applicant remains in the dark as to why it is being denied the annual export permit and especially after complying with all the laid down procedures for renewing an annual export permit.
I contend that the respondent has failed to discharge his duties as contemplated in the Act in a fair, justifiable and within a reasonable time. The respondent’s actions are clearly not supported at law and ought to be condemned with the contempt it deserves
The Minister and his office are yet to respond to the allegations levelled against them by Hwange.
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