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Ndarama High defies court order on AGM

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Ndarama High defies court order on AGM

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Brilliant Mukaro

MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO – Ndarama High School has defied a court order which required the school to hold fresh School Development Association (SDA) elections within 21 working days from May 27, 2022.

Ndarama which was supposed to hold the elections by June 27 has set the date for July 30, 2022, which is more than a month later. Sources said the elections could not be held in time after SDA chair Ray Muzenda refused to sign a legal notice calling for the elections.

Efforts to get a comment from Muzenda were fruitless as his mobile went unanswered

The order was given after Muzenda who has served the school for 19 years as SDA Chairperson challenged the results of elections that disposed him on April 9, 2022. His application was granted but with an order to hold elections within 21 days in accordance with Statutory Instrument (SI) 378/98.

Muzenda who was fronted by his assistant Peter Mutisi in the application re-assumed duties and continues to run the school beyond the granted period.

Ironically Masvingo acting Provincial Education Director (PED) Shylatte Mhike told The Mirror in an interview that there was no problem in violating the court. She said the important thing is that the elections are going to be held.

“There is nothing wrong with the date. What is important is that the elections are done” said Mhike.

The school head Oddy Matongo wrote a letter to parents on June 17, 2022, announcing that elections will be held on July 30, 2022.

In their papers, Mutisi cited the school head and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as the respondents and were granted a default judgment by Masvingo Magistrate Ritaiswe Silaigwana after Mhike ordered Matongo not to oppose the application.

The court had ordered the school to hold fresh elections within 3 weeks of the order, and the days lapsed on June 27 after Ray Muzenda the chairperson of the committee allegedly refused to sign the letter to advertise the new date.

A disgruntled parent Farai Kurevawabva, however, said the date is too far off and the meeting is no longer in line with the court order.

 “The set date for the meeting is too far and is in default of the court order. Muzenda seems to be buying time to continue being in charge against our will”, said Kurevawabva.https://masvingomirror.com

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