GMAZ, along with the
"Our client is surprised by the contents of your letter and also your constitutional application, which they believe is clearly an abuse of the court process," said Mr Matsikidze in the letter dated
Mr Matsikidze said the law was clear that where a statutory instrument is silent on the effective date of operation, the date it is gazetted or promulgated becomes the effective date.
He said in essence, if the GMAZ and GOSTA clients from the effective date fail to comply with the statutory instrument, they would not be spared of the consequences of defying the law.
"Issues of marketing of grain by their very nature were state security issues and the local farmers should be protected," said Mr Matsikidze.
"It's sad that your clients wish to dictate what farmers should get and what they (your clients) should get. Is that fair play?"
In its application GMAZ argued that the Government's decision was unconstitutional.
In April this year Government announced that Cabinet had approved a maize producer price of
GMAZ argued that the price approved by Cabinet only applied to the GMB. The millers were not affected by the directive and continued to buy maize and other grains from various producers at negotiated prices.
This, GMAZ argued, Minister Made's action was constitutionally unpalatable and irregular.
The association further argued that it had a right to enjoy the protection and benefit of the law and that the organisation and its members had freedom of association in terms of the Constitution.
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