Zim prisoners in long wait over voting fate

Zim prisoners in long wait over voting fate

Source: Zim prisoners in long wait over voting fate – The Zimbabwean

HIGH Court Judge Justice Clement Phiri on Wednesday 11 July 2018 reserved judgment after presiding over the hearing and determination of an application filed by some prisoners seeking an order compelling Zimbabwean authorities to allow them to cast votes in this month’s general elections.

Through the application, the prisoners Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama, wanted 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.

Madzokere and Maengahama are currently serving prison terms of 20 years each at Chikurubi
Maximum Security Prison after they were convicted in 2016 for murdering a policeman. Yvonne
Musarurwa, who was also a prisoner until she was released under an amnesty early this year, is the
third applicant.

But Justice Phiri reserved judgment after indicating that he would need more time to consider all the
legal authorities referred to by lawyers representing the applicants and those representing the
defendants before makes a decision “expeditiously”.