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Crisis Report Issue 194
in Zimbabwe Coalition (SA Regional Office)
June 20, 2013
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Minister wants to ‘lose’ the con-court case
Hon. Patrick Chinamasa who on Tuesday June 18 ostensibly made a
Constitutional Court (Con-court) application on behalf of the Government
of Zimbabwe in compliance with the recommendations of the SADC Summit
in Maputo has been berated
for acting unilaterally and planning to “lose” the case
against the bloc’s advice.
The Court case
seeks to reverse the election date of July 31 decreed
by President Robert Mugabe which legal analysts said was not implementable
without violating the new Constitution.
against Chinamasa surfaced at a public discussion at the SAPES
Trust in Harare on Tuesday, June 18.
made himself the sole applicant, while citing PM and MDC-T leader,
Morgan Tsvangirai and Industry and Commerce Minister and MDC President
Welshman Ncube, who are part of government and political principals
as respondents rather than applicants.
State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jameson Timba said Chinamasa
was behaving irresponsibly by contriving to “lose” the
serious political issues; a leader who behaves like this does not
deserve to be anywhere near government,” Timba said, adding
that the application by the Justice Minister was “unilateral”.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Spokesperson Thabani Nyoni appealed
to the Zimbabweans to remain resolute.
that Zanu-PF continues to undermine the latter and spirit of the
Government, showing halfhearted commitments to implementing
SADC resolutions as part of frustrating the process of creating
a conducive environment for credible elections.
to the people of Zimbabwe is that this
election is not about Zanu-PF, or the two MDCs or even SADC.
about citizens creating a better Zimbabwe for themselves and they
must defy all these obstacles and come out in their numbers to make
this election count,” said Nyoni.
a civil rights activist and director of Youth
Initiatives for Democracy in Zimbabwe (YIDEZ), said an application
without the endorsement of other parties was not a sign of compliance
with the SADC position by Zimbabwe.
is no compliance at all given that this application was supposed
to be done by government which means by all the principals. By,
making some of the respondents Chinamasa wants to portray them as
was an application to 'lose' the case and water down any chance
loses the case then there will be a crisis of legitimacy and just
like Madagascar, SADC will not recognize the election,” Chisi
The three political
principals President Mugabe, PM Tsvangirai and MDC President Welshman
Ncube were scheduled to meet on Wednesday each with two lawyers
to make an application to the Con Court, according to Regional Integration
and Cooperation minister and GPA negotiator, Priscilla Misihairambwi
have a president under captivity from people because he wants to
lead this country into a chaos,” Misihairambwi-Mushonga added.
and former Ambassador to China Chris Mutsvangwa dismissed the efforts
of SADC leaders to resolve the contestation around the election
date proclamation by President Mugabe, saying the regional bloc
was just “a club in the face of the courts”.
(SADC leaders) were not sitting as judges, they were sitting as
politicians,” Mutsvangwa said at the public dialogue forum
before being booed and walking out.
made by the SADC Summit included that the media reforms must kick
in and that the security forces must make a public statement pledging
their allegiance to the new Constitution which provides that they
must be non-partisan.
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