NRZ Slams Newsday Over Premature  Publication Of Court Case

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HARARE – The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has slammed NewsDay newspaper for publishing a story about an ongoing court case, citing ethical concerns and potential interference with the judicial process.

In a strongly-worded press release, NRZ expressed dismay over the publication of the story three days before the Supreme Court was set to hear the matter, involving a former tenant, Pastor Nick Chiuzu of the Redeemed House of God Church.

NRZ alleged that the publication reproduced verbatim public submissions made by the parties to the court, posing a “great danger” of swaying public opinion before the court had heard the case.

The railway company also feared that the publication could “engender negative feelings” towards the courts if the judgment did not align with public expectations based on the news report.

Furthermore, NRZ suspected that the leak of court documents to the media was an attempt to “set an agenda” for the court in the upcoming proceedings.

The press release highlighted the breach of long-held judicial principles, including sub judice, and the use of affidavit submissions as the basis for extensive quotations in the news story.

NRZ alleged that Pastor Chiuzu had occupied NRZ land without paying rent for years and had his lease terminated with a three-month notice to vacate the premises.

The railway company has refused to comment further on the case until the court reaches a decision, emphasizing the importance of upholding judicial principles and avoiding premature publication of ongoing court cases to ensure a fair and impartial legal process.

The incident raises questions about the ethics of publishing ongoing court cases and the potential impact on the judicial process.

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