Tsvangirai Election Case Judgement Reserved ‘Indefinitely’

via FFZE BREAKING NEWS: Tsvangirai Election Case Judgement Reserved ‘Indefinitely’ By Don Gwara and George Mpofu

Zimbabwe’s Electoral Court on Wednesday decided to withhold judgement in the case brought by Morgan Tsvangirai challenging the results of the July 31 elections that his MDC-T party has said was rigged to give victory to President Robert Mugabe.

Presiding Judge Chinembiri Bhunu told the court that he would reserve his decision indefinitely and issue a written judgement at an unspecified date.

President Mugabe won the general election with 61 percent of the vote, to Mr Tsvangirai’s 34 percent. Mr Tsvangirai called the poll outcome a “monumental farce” and applied to the court last Friday to cancel the result and order a re-run. The court had 14 days to decide.

“The honourable judge reserved his judgement and he indicated that he was going to give a written judgement in due course,” Fred Gijima, Mr Mugabe’s lawyer, told reporters outside the Court.

“There is no set down date that has been given in which he is going to hand down the judgement,” he said.

Mr Tsvangirai had asked the court to order the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to provide a forensic examination of the voters’ roll, ballots and voter registration slips.

The party has also applied to the High Court to force the ZEC to produce copies of the voters’ roll and provide the presidential election results for each constituency.

“We need those materials to demonstrate beyond doubt that the election was improperly conducted, to demonstrate that the will of the people is not reflected in that election,” said Mr Tsvangirai’s lawyer Lewis Uriri.

“There must be a reason why they do not want to make provision of those materials and that reason is that they are, definitely in our submissions, ghosts in those sealed materials that they do not want us to access.”

Independent local observers and Western powers have also questioned the credibility of the elections, but regional groups SADC and the African Union were less critical, describing the election as “free and peaceful”.

The judge’s decision to defer a decision indefinitely effectively shelves Mr Tsvangirai’s application. Zimbabwe’s judiciary are generally considered partisan in favour of Mr Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.

The election result gives ZANU-PF a two-thirds majority in the parliament which means it can change the constitution and make laws with impunity.

COMMENTS

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    I thought those chicken sh*ts were supposed to make a decision within 14 days as per the constitution, but as is usual in Zimbabwe, laws don’t have to be followed if it might inconvenience ZANU-PF. They’ll probably get around to offering their opinion in about 10 years, or at least once the old windbag finally dies. How do they sleep at night, knowing the many lives (and their own country) that they’ve ruined?

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      Kevin Watson 7 years ago

      Thats not the case he has to dicuss his judgement with Messrs Mugabe and Chinamasa before finding in their favour. Its amazing that the ZEC still has felt it necessary to give a copy of the voters roll to the opposition. This is so that they can regularise the numbers that voted at certain polling stations with the people on the roll in those areas.

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        Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

        MDV lost even if they get the extra 305 thousand people they claim did not vote they will never make the numbers
        Lastly how do we know that those people turned away could have been also zanu PF voters
        MDC must just regroup for 2018 without out fat faced bull frog Morgan
        I was almost fooled by him thank God I did not

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          Chief thats not how it works. It is not a matter of giving numbers to a contestant after the elections. Your simple mind is misleading you what matters is “expressing the will of the people”. As you can see clearly this phrase starts off without a number but the whole process of registering potential voters, campaining, actual voting, counting the votes, reconciling the used and unused ballot papers and announcing the results. All this is what constitutes “expression of the will of people”. If you steal the vote you can manage to have your term just like when you cheat in an exam. You can pass but the pass is not a true reflection of your capabilities. Stolen mandates are usually difficult to use.

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            Knowthetruth 7 years ago

            zimbabweans,you r not angels, all countries wch u think they are democratic hav more igssues wth their voting than zim. tsvangirai lost.end of story.lets move to the next chapter.before he getd in trouble for accepting assistance fro th bots government…he also is not clean,his launguage wof campaining saying mugabe is old, is not allowed by th constitution….ask yourself why is zanu quite abt his court application. do u think they r fooks,they r more inteligent than most of you pple munongoshama miromo.

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      terminator72 7 years ago

      Chinembiri Bhunu , uchashaya mbiri when the old wind bag is dead. Demo rinokoshiwa muti haukoshiwi.

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    super mondo 7 years ago

    if this judge cannot do his job then he is not fit to be a judge.ignorance is not the answer.the application should be taken to a more decisive adjudicator

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    Qiniso 7 years ago

    The judgment will be handed down within 14 days. Its just the court lingo. The judges will sit down and debate amongst themselves before judge Bhunu makes a decision.

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      These are fowls, how do you call these judges?? You spead Mugabe’s crap on bread the way you would spread penut butter and they eat it.

      I still can’t get my head around our Zunupf top notch ministers are told by some woman that she can produce desiel from a rock and they believe her!!! They take off they shoes and sit like monkeys waiting for it to happen. What gets me these are the people running the country.WOW

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        Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

        Also upload Zanu PF clips this Rubish one sided clip

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        Shungu 7 years ago

        You see now it is you guys who are coughing or sleeping in the mountains, you ran away from your homestead, on the other end tsvangirai is sleeping on a very expensive luxurious bed, romping his woman in different angles, healthy and telling you not to tire but remain vigilant. Am i right you are sharing merge food, did you say you have little food, go to morgan house he has plentry to waste and throw away. You see , he will never ever dream to have his children live the way you guys are living today, but you continue to support him. He is a dog.

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    Hango Yapalala 7 years ago

    THIS IS GOOD OLE AFRICA AT HER BEST!

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    There isnt much to expect from this shelved ruling.Remember a spoon can be called a spade here!!

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    This is not exactly a surprise, it’s supposed to make it look as if they are seriously looking at the MDC’s case, while they have already decided on the pre-determined negative outcome. Now what they are doing, as they did with the results in 2008, they are deliberating & cooking up a verdict to suite the regime (ZANU), also mindful that SADC has still got one eye on the outcome of this court case – not that they (SADC) are able or willing to do anything regardless of the outcome. Apa kungo tambisa nguva! Or maybe on the other hand Bob will just be sworn in any ways, as noone can do anything about it any which way!! Kusiri kufa ndokupi!

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    jongwe power 7 years ago

    What? You folks act surprised that rules are useless in an African country? What the court did was totally predictable, and the rest of the world will turn its attention on more newsworthy things like Justin Bieber or some food festival in an American town.

    The MDC can cry all it wants, and indeed some of their claims deserve scrutiny, but they know they are in Africa, where the bush mentality beats the stuffing out of ethics and morals in broad daylight.

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    savezimbabwe 7 years ago

    what can u expect from the very same judge who cant make a decision on the Glenview29 case. He is a disgrace to the judiciary . piece of rubbish if u ask me

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    Kusvikazvanaka 7 years ago

    What do we expect from thugs. They steal, they rape, they kill and there will be no peace up and until their 90 year is out of this world

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    imvi dzechembere 7 years ago

    Igaroziva kuti mhanza yembudzi iri mumabvi, this is jst a tip of an iceberg as regards the likely outcome of this challenge.

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    Chitova weGona 7 years ago

    Zvohwinyi zvazvadai?

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    Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

    MDV lost even if they get the extra 305 thousand people they claim did not vote they will never make the numbers
    Lastly how do we know that those people turned away could have been also zanu PF voters
    MDC must just regroup for 2018 without out fat faced bull frog Morgan
    I was almost fooled by him thank God I did not

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      masvukupete 7 years ago

      @Colin. You seem not to understand how its all supposed to work. Its not about how many people would have voted for who but about how many people were disenfranchised to vote. Funny tho that Tsvangson pulled almost the same number of votes as in 2008 while Mr Mugabe got more than 50% this time around. If we try and tally the votes for Parliamentary ballots to those of the presidential we may find that the numbers also do not tally. We may have a situation where more people voted for the president than those that voted for the lower house. Meaning some people chose not to vote for parliament but preferred to only vote for the President. Plausible but highly unlikely. Numbers dont lie, that is why MDC will not be successful in getting the requested materials.

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    Tapuwa Mukuruvambwa 7 years ago

    MaZimbabwe musaora moyo. Inguva chete ruoko rwa Mwari mucharuona
    mazuva mashoma ari kuuya.

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    Phunyukabemphethe 7 years ago

    The inauguration of the President should be postponed indefinitely, I guess!

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    MikeH 7 years ago

    An interesting quote ….

    Our votes must go together with our guns.
    After all, any vote we shall have, shall have been the product of the gun.
    The gun which produces the vote should remain its security officer – its guarantor.
    The peoples votes and the peoples guns are always inseparable twins.

    Robert Mugabe

    Except that the people don’t have guns. mugabe confiscated them.

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    stormin 7 years ago

    @collin sorry to say bt u utter nonsense and its conclusive n pragmatic to sey u r nt gifted interlectually…..i must sey u r an Asshole