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election challenge: Lawyers plot next move
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
three former legislators demanding by-elections are plotting their
next move after High Court Judge President George Chiweshe granted
an order excusing President Robert Mugabe from complying with a
Supreme Court ruling.
Court had last year ordered President Mugabe to gazette dates for
by-elections in the trio’s former constituencies. In October,
Justice Chiweshe then granted a reprieve to President Mugabe to
comply with the court’s order until March 31 this year. But
President Mugabe then filed papers to be allowed not to comply with
the order, arguing that it would be a waste of taxpayers’
money given that the life of Parliament is about to end on June
29, a claim lawyers deny arguing that the life of Parliament
will end on October 29.
On Friday Justice Chiweshe
granted the application without giving his reasons after fierce
resistance by the three former MPs’ lawyers. The Judge President
said he would hand down the reasons for his ruling on Monday 8 April
Machaya, the Deputy Attorney General represented President Mugabe
while Advocate Thabani Mpofu and Tawanda Zhuwarara of Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights represented the three legislators, Abednico Bhebhe,
Njabuliso Mguni and Norman Mpofu.
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