Chinese-run diamond miner Anjin loses High Court appeal, former workers to auction property

Chinese-run diamond miner Anjin loses High Court appeal, former workers to auction property

HARARE, May 22 (The Source) – Chinese-run Anjin Diamond Mine has lost its bid to stop the auctioning of its property worth $800,000 by former workers after the High Court dismissed its urgent chamber application against an arbitration ruling that gave the award.

The company’s 200 former security guards, at a date not given, filed a $837, 506, 22 claim against their ex-employer whom they accused of contractual breaches.

An arbitrator, identified as S Magumisi in court papers, ruled in favour of the workers who then approached the High Court in February to register the arbitral award as a court order, allowing them to obtain a writ of execution against Anjin’s property.

However, in April this year, Anjin filed an urgent chamber application to stop the auction.

According to court papers seen by The Source, High Court judge Justice Chinembiri last month dismissed the urgent application.

The company reapplied to the court again and another High  Court judge, Justice Amy Tsanga early this month ruled that Anjin’s application was not urgent and later dismissed it.

“Application be and is hereby dismissed with costs on an ordinary scale,” Justice Tsanga said in a ruling dated May 14.

Anjin, one of the seven firms licenced to mine the vast government-controlled Marange diamond field, is a joint venture between China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Co and Zimbabwean state entities and began operations in 2009.