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appeals against dismissal of Referendum date
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
March 04, 2013
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) on Friday 1 March 2013 filed a notice
of appeal in the Supreme Court challenging Judge President George
Chiweshe’s dismissal of the constitutional reform body’s
seeking to defer the holding
of the referendum on a new draft
The NCA charged
that Justice Chiweshe erred and misdirected himself when he dismissed
the NCA’s urgent chamber application filed on Tuesday 19 February
2013 by prominent human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama.
On Thursday 28 February 2013, Justice Chiweshe ruled that the NCA
application could not be heard by the High Court because the court
had no jurisdiction to question the President. The NCA want Proclamation
No. 1 of 2013 issued last month as Statutory Instrument No.
19/2013 to be declared unlawful and ultra-vires Section 3 of the
Referendum Act Chapter 2:10.
We hope that the highest court in the land will deal with our case
expeditiously and give the people of Zimbabwe more time and more
copies of the draft before voting in the referendum.
It is now clear from
the wide consultations that we have been conducting countrywide
that a majority of the citizens are yet to set their eyes on the
As the NCA we
will continue with our grassroots meetings in all parts of the country
campaigning for the rejection of the COPAC draft. Over the weekend
the NCA Take
Charge meetings were taking place in Gokwe, Goromonzi, Chipinge,
Bulawayo and Mutare. View some pictures here
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