Impala Car Rental has released its communications with the police into the public domain as the company denies reports that it is delaying and frustrating the process of releasing information of the person who hired their car that was used during the abduction of Tawanda Muchehiwa.
Addressing the media, on Thursday, Impala legal team led by Jivas Mudimu, said the Police’s law and order seized the file from them and anyone who has interests in the matter can access the file from the police.
“In our first statement we highlighted that we will be abiding by the law enforcement agents and when they came to our offices asking for the file we then gave them,” he said.
Mudimu said they even wrote a follow up letter to the police asking about the file but he was told that it was being used for investigations.
“Because we are a concerned company and we are willing to assist Muchehiwa in finding the criminals we then made a follow up to the police but they told us that it was being used for further investigations,” he said.
Mudimu said the file was seized from Impala by a Harare law and order police officer only identified as Chibaya.
He said it was unfortunate that Muchehiwa’s legal team reported the case in Bulawayo, got a court order to have the file while they had already given it to Police.
“We did not know that they had already got a court order. When the order was served we informed the sheriff that the file is already with the police who had seized it.”
“So we are not frustrating the process. We are actually cooperating but we are not in a position to give the documents we do not have in our possession.”
“We advised the family to approach the police and we even have the name of the officer who seized the documents.”
Mudimu, however, said it was unfortunate that complainant’s legal team used fake papers to present their case before the courts.
“It is unfortunate that his legal team filed some fake papers and for instance the said press statement that does not have an Impala logo, instead it has a logo written Ferret Car Rental with a lion on it, so those are some of the things that lead us to file a notice of opposition,”