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The print and social media has been abuzz with the issue of ‘Illegal Spot Fines’. They are quoting from a case in which the writer witnessed first-hand as a litigant in the case representing the State as a Respondent.
In Zaine Babbage v State HB167/12, Judges L. Kamocha and M. Cheda are on record saying that motorists who have committed petty offences should be issued with tickets to pay the fine at a later date.
“The said ticket should give the motorist a reasonable time within which to pay the fine in accordance with their regulations unless the said offender elects to pay the fine on the spot…..the police should never send motorists to court unless if they disputed the alleged offence and imposition of a fine”.
Analysts have said developments at coal mining giant Hwange Colliery highlight that the entity is just a microcosm of the grand corruption that has engulfed most of our state owned enterprises.
Recently, the state-owned weekly Sunday Mail newspaper reported that workers at Hwange Colliery Company had gone for more than twelve months without pay despite the coal mine being in production.
The workers blamed their plight on administrative shortcomings on the part of management which they said kept changing faces amidst allegations of corrupt activities for self-aggrandisement at their expense and that of the development of the company.
Political and economic analyst Charles Mangongera said parastatals and state owned companies have become playgrounds for corruption and big politics and as a result most of them are run down.
In March last year, The Independent newspaper reported that former deputy ministers Tendai Savanhu and Fred Moyo were implicated in a scam in which Hwange Colliery Company and its subsidiary Hwange Coal Gasification Company (HCGC) lost close to US$200 million through “massive externalisation of funds and fraud” between January 2009 and May 2013.
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