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Trader drags Admarc to court

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Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi

A grain trader, trading under Matanje Trading Enterprise, has dragged to court Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) over the termination of a contract for the supply of 2000 metric tonnes of maize.

According to court document that the registrar signed on June 21 2022, the owner, Mc-Duff Nyalagwe, has applied for an order of interlocutory injunction.

In the application, Nyalagwe wants Admarc to immediately supply and deliver about 681.35 metric tonnes of white raw maize out of the 2,000 metric tonnes they had agreed.

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The matter is expected to come before the High Court on July 4 in the afternoon, when injunction hearing proceedings will be deliberated on.

Lawyer for Nyalagwe, Sylvester Ayuba James, confirmed the development.

James said, following the delivery of summons, Admarc had communicated that it would honour the supply of the metric tonnes which were already paid for.

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“He had already paid for over 1000 metric tonnes and we have been told that he can go and collect it.

“However, we will still claim for the loss of business because he had already secured the market for the remaining tonnes,” he said.

Admarc Board chairperson Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi said he was not aware of the matter as he was yet to see any termination letter and court documents on the matter.

“I have not seen the termination letter from Admarc to anyone and I have not yet seen any court documents on the same,” he said.

He, however, said the government has opened up to Admarc, authorising it to allow all those who have already paid to have access to the maize.

Recently, Admarc was caught in a fix for planning to sell 100,000 metric tonnes of maize at $22 million to Zimbabwe Grain Millers Association amid reports of looming hunger in the country.

The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture ordered the grain trader to stop all the processes to ensure that the country’s grain reserves do not run dry.

Minister of Finance Sosten Gwengwe, at a press briefing which President Lazarus Chakwera organised, also said the government would not sell the maize.

The committee also recently said Admarc should stop processes of sale of maize to Kenya.

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