Eaglesvale School in management wrangle

HARARE - Eaglesvale School has been hit by a management wrangle that has spilled into the courts.

Edward Tawanda Madza and some of the members of the board of governors responsible for the management of the school and the School Development Committee filed a Supreme Court application against the school headmaster Naison Tirivavi.

They also cited the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe Daisyfield Trust (RCZDT), the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe (RCZ) and the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) as respondents.

Madza and nine others filed the Supreme Court application seeking to declare that the RCZDT and RCZ have no powers to dissolve the management board of governors and the school development committees of Eaglesvale School — one of Harare’s most prestigious and expensive private learning institutions.

The applicants further sought the court to declare that the unauthorised payment of money from the school to RCZDT and RCZ or any of their officers was unlawful.

They approached the Supreme Court after their case was dismissed by the High Court on the basis that they had no locus standi to make such a request and that the case was not urgent.

In their Supreme Court appeal, the applicants said the High Court had erred in reaching such a decision.

The court heard DRC formed and registered a non-profit making company under the name Daisyfield Trust.

Eaglesvale School was brought under the Trust.

In 2010, DRC decided to hand over the Trust to RCZ, the court heard.

With authorisation from the minister of Justice, the articles of the Daisyfield Trust were altered to accommodate the change of ownership and in March 2013, the Trust changed its name to RCZDT.

The court heard that RCZ later dissolved the RCZDT board.

“The new trustees are running havoc and disrupting the management of the school. Unfortunately, they are also abusing school funds and resources for personal gain,” the applicants told the court.

They further told the court that RCZ’s conduct was among other issues aimed at taking control and plundering finances.


“The appeal succeeds in part,” Supreme Court judges Vernanda Ziyambi Paddington Garwe and Ben Hlatshwayo ruled.

“Because of the confused manner in which this application was dealt with by the court a quo, the appellant was deprived of an opportunity to adduce, if it so wished, evidence which would establish its locus standi to bring the application.

“The appeal has partially succeeded in that this court has found that the order dismissing the application was improper.”

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 1 October 2014

I think its high time we as the parents of this school. should take action against people who want to give a bad reputation to our school. Mese muri kurwirei apa. Iwe Madza une mwana ari paEaglesvale here. You also want to enjoy and enrich yourself. There is no sincere atitude yaurikuda kuita. Last year you gave letters to our son and daughters with nasty comments about the Head. Why didnt you e-mail direct to us or do something else. You are very unprofessional and please dont force us to do what we dont want to do with your silly and unprofessional conducts.

felix - 1 October 2014

Who are the board of governors responsible for the management of the school and the School Development Committee. I understand these are people are invited into these offices by parents so what do the Eaglesvale parents saying about this bunch of people. SDCs change annually and the Board must equally be changing I suppose.

maita - 1 October 2014

These people want to bring this school to its knees like what happened to Effel Flats in Kadoma. They should be rest assured that stand by and watch. We are going to give a fight. You people from te press go to the school and get the right facts. What has happened to Journalism of late

Alex - 2 October 2014

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