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Zimbabwe High Court Drops ZELA Case against Coal Mining in Hwange National Park

Coal News - Published on Fri, 18 Sep 2020

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Zimbabwe High Court Judge Mr Owen Tagu has struck off the court roll, on a technicality, an urgent appeal filed by Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association to stop coal mining in Hwange National Park. In his judgment Tagu, struck of the court roll a case where a Hwange resident and ZELA were seeking an order compelling Chinese miner Zhongxin Mining Group Tongmao Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd to stop its controversial mining operations inside the Hwange National Park.

Tagu said the case was struck off because the applicants erred by failing to jointly sue President Emmerson Mnangagwa, tourism minister Mangaliso Ndlovu and Zimbabwe Parks. He said “Having considered the papers filed of record, it would seem while the necessary paperwork was done, some appear to have been done after the special grant was issued. While the matter on the face of it appears urgent on that basis, the application still is improperly before the court because the relevant parties were not citied and there are material disputes of facts. I have been asked to dismiss the application. However, I feel the appropriate action at this stage is to strike the matter off the roll of urgent matters in view of non-citations of relevant parties and the existence of material dispute of facts.”

ZELA said this was not the end of the court challenge of the retrogressive development to mine coal, a substance that has fallen out of favor internationally for its environmental harm, and said the fight to save the environment has been invigorated.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 18 Sep 2020
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