BY KENNETH NYANGANI
A ZANU PF councillor in Odzi, Mutare North constituency, Luxon Mawanga has been accused of utilizing his political muscle to evade settling a debt for gold mining equipment he acquired final yr from an area provider.
Mawanga, who leads Paari Mining Syndicate, reportedly solely paid a deposit of US$1 000 out of US$2 040 for three-piston air compressors and two streetlights equipped by Unilongview (Pvt) Ltd.
Unilongview director Unesco Chirinda yesterday advised NewsDay that Mawanga was utilizing his political muscle to keep away from cost.
“Zanu PF councillor Luxon Mawanga in Odzi purchased gold mining equipment final yr from my firm. He paid a deposit of US$1 000 and it’s now six months and he’s but to pay the steadiness,” Chirinda mentioned.
“What’s bothering me now’s that he’s utilizing his political muscle to keep away from paying. We’ve got tried every thing together with writing to him by way of our legal professionals.”
Mawanga lately misplaced Paari Mining Syndicate in Odzi to Twin Citadel mining firm in an possession wrangle which spilled into the courts.
He then challenged cancellation of his mining certificates by the Mines ministry on the Excessive Courtroom and likewise misplaced.
Yesterday, Mawanga refuted allegations that he was refusing to settle the invoice.
“It’s a lie. The one that purchased the equipment misrepresented our firm and this isn’t honest, you realize our scenario, we’ve got since stopped mining,” he mentioned.
His son, Elisha additionally disputed the allegations.
“We’ve got no debt with Chirinda, we’ve got in reality given him the majority of our enterprise, virtually US$30 000 and we aren’t joyful that he’s doing this to us,” Elisha mentioned.