HIGH Court Judge Justice Munamato Mutevedzi will on Tuesday 25 January 2022 preside over the hearing and determination of an application filed by some prisoners seeking an order compelling Zimbabwean authorities to allow them to vote during elections.
Source: Zim court hears prisoners demand to vote – The Zimbabwean
In the application which was filed in June 2017, but is being heard
now after the presiding Judge Justice Clement Phiri passed on in
January 2021 after reserving judgment in July 2018, the prisoners want
the High Court to issue an order compelling Justice, Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi, Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba and
ZEC as the elections management body, to register them on the national
voters roll and facilitate their voting on election day.
The prisoners, Yvonne Musarurwa, Tungamirai Madzokere and Last
Maengahama, who have since been released from Chikurubi Female Prison
and Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, and are represented by Advocate
Tererai Mafukidze, instructed by Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights, argued that since the period that they had been in
prison detention from 2011, ZEC had neither carried out any voter
education, including voter registration nor enabled prisoners to vote
during the several general and by-elections which were held in
Musarurwa, Madzokere and Maengahama argued that they were asserting
their constitutional rights particularly the right to vote in
elections and referendums as enshrined in Section 67 (3) (a) of the
They argued that they are entitled to exercise their political rights
regardless of their status as detainees.