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Police Boss Matanga Faces Imprisonment Over Contempt Of Court

Police Boss Matanga Faces Imprisonment Over Contempt Of Court

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General, Godwin Matanga, is facing a 90-day jail term for contempt, NewZimbabwe.com reports.

Matanga (1st respondent) has together with the officer in charge at Dzivarasekwa Police Station Judith Tinarwo (2nd respondent) been sued by a local property developer, Eddies Pfugari Properties (Pfugari), for failing to provide police details to escort the deputy sheriff to evict thousands of people who illegally occupied the company’s land in Whitecliff, Harare.

How we got here:

  • The occupants illegally settled on land grabbed from Pfugari.
  • Pfugari obtained an eviction order at the High Court a few years ago, but the government, through the local government ministry, prevented the eviction saying it will compensate Pfugari.
  • The government failed to pay prompting Pfugari to approach the sheriff of the High Court to implement the eviction.
  • Pfugari now wants the High Court to grant another order declaring Matanga and his subordinate to be in contempt of court.
  • They also want the court to ask them to provide the sheriff with sufficient manpower and equipment to enable peace to be maintained while the sheriff implements an earlier eviction order by the same court.

Why Matanga is being sued:

  • The company’s lawyers, Scanlen & Holderness, argued in the application that the police did not act in accordance with that High Court order despite several written requests.
  • The lawyers said this amounts to deliberate disregard of the court order by Matanga and Tinarwo.
  • Assistance was supposed to be rendered within ten days of judgment.

What Pfugari is Seeking:

  • Pfugari wants an order directing Matanga and Tinarwo to comply with the court order or to have them jailed for 90 days if they fail to provide the required assistance to the sheriff within ten days of the order being granted.

Matanga’s response:

  • The duo has since filed their own answering affidavits denying any willful violation of the court order.
  • They said they were waiting for the head of sheriff services to revert back to them for the execution of the order since they had approached them twice on different occasions when they indicated that their office was not yet ready to execute the order as it wanted to issue a new notice of eviction to new occupants who have not been on site before.
  • They also accused the company of making the application out of malice.
  • They reiterated that they are ready to assist the sheriff upon invitation and not through a contempt of court order.

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17 Comments

Mafirakureva 3 months ago

Some fancy footwork and verbal gymnastics by Matanga. The long and short of it is that he was instructed by The-Powers-That-Be bot to evict these squatters. Politically its suicidal for ZANU ti be seen evicting probable votes.

Wouldn't be surprised kuti ZANU will hold a rally ikoko and promise Title Deeds


Paul Piki 3 months ago

Regai wagare vanhu avo. Moda kuti waendepi Ivo wasina pokugara.


Vybz Kartel 3 months ago

Ndachinja pfungwa manje Chamisa ndizvoo pamberi nayee mufana uyo


uncle Demon 3 months ago

it seems like we all gonna end in jail


Jinx 3 months ago

I open the comment section with fear and much trepidation on the possibility of reading comments of a tribalistic nature. This platform has become a stage for hate to be propelled across the country and i fear for the younger Zimbabwean generation, in whom the seed of hate is being planted because of a few individuals hell bent on increasing the chasm between tribes.
Tribalism is a form of terrorism! Tribalism has no room in this age!

@ Team Pindula, it is known to me that you require traffic on this platform for it to become a source of income through ad generated revenue, perhaps.
However, the traffic on this site has become the extreme of both ends, highly acidic yet highly bitter. Highly vulgar, highly tribalistic, laced with hate.
For the sake of our little brothers and sisters whom may have learned new ways to insult, new ways to hate, please suspend the COMMENTS SECTION.

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Zimyouth 3 months ago

I would suggest that Pindula starts charging users' airtime, according to the volume of their comments on this platform. A lot of these abusers will certainly disappear as most of them vajaira zvemahara.

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Tanu Mark Finnity 3 months ago

Down with Zanu and its corrupt leaders this matanga or whatever he is named must be put behind bars and the keys thrown away


Muchama 3 months ago

Vote Zanu PF Pamberi neZanu PF. Pasi nemhandu kana tichiti mhandu kureva chamisa nezv**** sungata zvake zvisingazive kwekuyenda angori madzengerere chete


Dod tired 3 months ago

vakambonzwa Chamisa achiti pasi neZanu here uye unoziva kuti zvinorevei hre kuti pasi naChamisa

𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 3 months ago

𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝘂𝘁𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗶𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗹𝗮𝘄 𝘀𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘀.


3 months ago


Man of the moment 3 months ago

What is contempt?
Kuyitasei ikoko by the Way ko blaz uye wekuti President Ku Court zvakazo vharana ere👶


. 3 months ago

Kushora dare. Or kuzvidza mutongo unenge wapigwa nedare redzimhosva. Failing to follow a court directive.

Ginious 3 months ago

Wherever there is crime you will never miss Zimbabweans.Shonas and Ndebeles.


🤦🤦🤦🤦 3 months ago

Composition of Zimbabwean are Ndebelez,Shonaz and you Munyachusa 🙇

hkd 3 months ago

wherever there's crime
you will never miss Shonas


Vybz kartel 3 months ago

corrupt ,incompetent police ,government

vote CCC
vote chamisa
vote change
chamisa chete chete



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