Chidyausiku Summons Tsvangirai’s Lawyers Despite Poll Petition Withdrawal

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Chidyausiku Summons Tsvangirai’s Lawyers Despite Poll Petition Withdrawal

By Professor Matodzi

Harare, August 17, 2013 – Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has summoned MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s lawyers together with those representing President Robert Mugabe to appear in court on Monday despite the withdrawal of an election petition challenging the octogenarian leader’s claim to victory in last month’s polls.

Chidyausiku summoned the lawyers to appear before a full bench of the Constitutional Court on Monday morning without elaborating on what he would want addressed even though Tsvangirai dropped his poll petition.

On Friday, Chidyausiku cancelled the sitting of the Constitutional Court, which had been scheduled for Saturday after the MDC-T leader withdrew his election petition challenging Mugabe’s victory in the Constitutional Court.

The former trade union leader withdrew his petition in protest against the respondents’ attitude. The respondents include President Mugabe, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Justice Rita Makarau, the elections management body’s head and Lovemore Sekeramayi, ZEC’s chief elections officer.

He said High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu had not granted him an order allowing him access to all the voting and election material which he had requested through two urgent chamber applications in the Electoral Court. This he said seriously handicapped his “prosecution of the petition”.

The respondents reneged on Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku’s instruction to file court papers including the heads of argument by Friday. Chidyausiku made the order when he met legal representatives for Tsvangirai and all the respondents on Wednesday during a case management meeting.

He also stated that Mugabe had made some unsavoury comments at the Heroes Acre criticising his decision to approach the courts in the presence of Chidyausiku, who was expected to preside over the poll petition. He also protested against adverse pre-trial publicity which has been championed by the state-run media, particularly the Herald.

Tsvangirai vowed to pursue democratic means to fight Mugabe’s claim to victory in last month’s election in which the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared the Zanu PF leader as the winner of the presidential election with 61 percent of the vote while Tsvangirai garnered 33 percent.



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    Nanette B Smith 9 years ago

    I wonder if all these illustrious so called “Justices” know what the bible says about unbalanced scales and injustice and deception and lies etc and the fate awaiting those who practice such????

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    Henry M. 9 years ago

    ON A LIGHTER NOTE:- Mugabe dies and goes to heaven. St Peter tells him that he is not welcome in Heaven as he will corrupt the saintly souls there and sends him to the other place below.
    On arrival in Hell,the Devil says he is not welcome here either as he will corrupt the others in Hell and sends him back upstairs only to be sent below again. After several trips up and down the Devil and St Peter
    come to the conclusion that there is only one place to send him where he may be welcome —–—– so the send him back to Zimbabwe.

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    Hango Yapalala 9 years ago


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    “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Proverbs 21:13

    “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”
    Proverbs 21: 15

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    Give him want he asked 4 first / let him start from the electoral court & give him at he asked 4 rather than positioning were u want him to start from we dont want the Komichi incident again