GRAIN Millers Association Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has vowed not to participate in a legal battle against Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Perrence Shiri that seeks to overthrow the Statutory Instrument 145 of 2019 (SI 145) which bars companies from selling maize.
In a statement, GMAZ chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara said the milling industry will not participate in the ongoing lawsuit against Shiri.
“The milling industry will not be participating in the ongoing litigation against Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement minister, Honorable Perrence Shiri seeking to set aside Statutory Instrument 145 of 2019 (SI 145) in its entirety,” he said.
Musarara said limitations in the statutory instrument can be cured by engagement with Shiri.
“In as much as we appreciate, recognize and respect the litigants’ constitutional rights to vindicate their position in the courts of law, we believe that the so called ‘limitations’ in the Statutory Instrument can be cured through engagement with the Minister of Agriculture.”
“GMAZ has got excellent working relationship with the Government and indeed with Hon Minister Shiri .
Minister Shiri is a listening minister and we are forever indebted to him for the various and numerous dispensations he has granted us,” he said.
The SI banned individuals and companies from buying and selling maize when the country is facing a short fall of over a million tonnes of maize.
Last week parliaments disputed the Statutory Instrument bringing the matter to the courts and GMAZ has taken a position not to participate in the litigation.