On Thursday, High Court judge Justice Davison Moses Foroma dismissed an urgent application by the MDC-T saying that the matter was not urgent and should be struck off the roll. The MDC-t was challenging President Mugabe’s proclamation of biometric voter registration dates. The MDC-T wanted the Biometric Voter Registration programme which was started by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to be suspended as it argues that ZEC is not adequately prepared.
On Monday, Justice Foroma deferred the hearing after Mugabe’s lawyers claimed that they were not advised of the challenge and needed time to respond.
MDC-T Secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the matter saying:
The judge said the matter cannot proceed as an urgent chamber application but as an urgent court application.
Our reading of the decision is that maybe the judge does not want this important matter to be heard behind closed doors but in an open court.
If we want to pursue the matter it will be in open court and we have instructed our lawyers to actually pursue the matter and file an urgent court application.