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reserves ruling on Mugabe by-election challenge
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
High Court Judge
President, Justice George Chiweshe on Thursday 4 April 2013 reserved
ruling to Friday 5 April 2013 in the matter in which President Robert
Mugabe is seeking to be excused from complying with a court order
that compels him to proclaim dates for three Matebeleland by-elections
by end of March.
The Judge President
reserved his ruling after hearing submissions from President Mugabe's
lawyer, Prince Machaya, the Deputy Attorney General and Advocate
Thabani Mpofu and Tawanda Zhuwarara, the attorneys representing
three legislators, Abednico Bhebhe, Njabuliso Mguni and Norman Mpofu,
who want their vacant constituencies filled through by-elections
in their constituencies.
President Mugabe filed an urgent chamber application in the High
Court seeking to be excused from complying with a court order that
forces him to proclaim dates for three Matebeleland by-elections
by end of March. The 31 March deadline was set by Justice Chiweshe
in October last year at the request of President Mugabe, who had
said he would call for general elections by end of March. But he
now wants more time to proclaim the dates for harmonized elections
on or before 29 June 2013.
But the three
legislators want Mugabe to comply with the court order by gazetting
dates for the by-elections in their constituencies which have been
deprived of parliamentary representation.
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