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SDA chair of 18 years goes to High Court to block elections


SDA chair of 18 years goes to High Court to block elections


Brilliant Mukaro

MASVINGO – Ndarama High School Development Association (SDA) chair Ray Muzenda who served in that capacity for 18 years, three of them without elections have gone to the High Court to block fresh elections on July 30, 2022.
The Mirror is told that parents are keen to establish how a loan of US$929 359 borrowed from BancABC was used by the school. They are also complaining that the acting Provincial Education Director (PED), Shylatte Mhike is not helping matters in the school.
Parents unanimously voted Muzenda out on April 9, 2022, the first election to be held since 2019. He, however, filed a case at Masvingo Magistrate Courts challenging the procedure.

Mhike advised the school not to contest the case, and Muzenda won a default judgment that saw him reinstated. However, Magistrate Ritaiswe Silaigwana ordered on May 27, 2022, that the school hold fresh elections within 21 days of the ruling, but for some reason, the PED allowed for the elections to be pushed further to July 30, 2022. 
In papers filed at the High Court in Masvingo on July 4, 2022, Muzenda, is arguing that the July 30 elections cannot go ahead because the meeting does not meet the provisions of Statutory Instrument 379/98 which guides SDA elections.

The papers in possession of The Mirror were filed through SDA member Killian Gumbo. Ruvengo Maboke and Company are doing the case which was served on the school head, the District Schools Inspector (DSI) and the PED.
Masvingo DSI Ishmael Chigaba could not be reached for comment.
Mhike referred questions to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson Taungana Ndoro who could not be reached for comment. 

Muzenda’s executive is also arguing that July 30, 2022, meeting should not proceed as it is in breach of the court order that provided for the elections to be held within 21 working days of the granting of the order.
He further argues that Statutory Instrument 379/98 states that an AGM for a Government school must be held once before April 30 and any meeting held after that date will be considered unconstitutional.
The papers which cite Peter Mutisi the SDA vice-chairperson, Oddy Matongo the school head, Ndarama SDC and Masvingo PED as the respondents give the respondents 10 days to file an opposing affidavit.

A disgruntled parent who preferred anonymity, however, told The Mirror that Muzenda is blocking any efforts for the school to elect a new committee because the elected SDC had demanded an audit which may expose what happened in the past.
“Muzenda does not want to go. Something is fishy. The PED is not helping matters either, because she takes the matter very casually. We don’t see common sense coming out of Wigley House,” said the parent.https://masvingomirror.com

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