Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe leader Elton Mangoma has approached the High Court seeking an order to declare utterances by National Chiefs Council president Chief Fortune Charumbira promising Zanu-PF support in this year’s elections as unconstitutional.
Mangoma is being represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and his application cites comments by Charumbira during meetings with former President Robert Mugabe last October in Bulawayo and again during a meeting of traditional leaders with new President Emmerson Mnangagwa in January this year.
Mangoma argues Charumbira’s utterances violate Section 281(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe and that the remarks infringe upon the rights of citizens as enshrined in Sections 56 and 67 of the Constitution. He also wants an order to “compel the Chief’s Council to initiate a process towards the establishment of the Integrity and Ethics of Chiefs envisioned in Section 287 of the Constitution”.
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