Former Zifa chief executive officer, Henrietta Rushwaya has been taken to court by a group of small scale miners who are accusing her of attempting to take over as Zimbabwe Miners’ Federation (ZMF) president through unorthodox means. Ms Rushwaya is contesting for the presidential post in ZMF’s elections scheduled for today.
The group of miners under the banner Zvishavane-Mberengwa Miners’ Association (ZMMA) filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court citing ZMF as the respondent saying Rushwaya may win through rigging. The miners want an order stopping ZMF from proceeding with the elections. They are accusing Rushwaya of vote buying. The miners want the ZMF elections postponed indefinitely citing interference by members of the federation’s general council.
In his founding affidavit, ZMMA chairperson, Mr Thembinkosi Sibanda said ZMF unprocedurally admitted 13 new associations to join the federation. He queried Rushwaya’s intention to run for the ZMF presidency yet she is not affiliated to the organisation. Sibanda said Rushwaya paid $6 500 affiliation fees for the 13 new associations whose admission was irregular and a violation of the ZMF constitution.