Court Papers Challenging Legality Of Mnangagwa’s Presidency “Disappear” At Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court application by human rights activists challenging the legitimacy of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vanished at the courts after unknown people submitted a forged affidavit of withdrawal. The application which was filed by MDC-T (Khupe) spokesperson Linda Masarira, Bongani Nyathi and Vusimuzi Sibanda was scheduled to be heard on the 24th of March before Chief Justice Luke Malaba. In the application, the trio alleged that Mnangagwa was in power illegally as he had led a military coup against former president Robert Mugabe in November last year.

Said Masarira,

I went there today (yesterday) to enquire (sic) the court processes for us to file some heads of argument.

I was shocked when I was told by court officials why I was doing so when we had withdrawn the matter. I told them we did not withdraw the matter and they showed me a letter of withdrawal purported to have been written by the three of us…This is the highest court on the land and we experience such a thing? It’s terrible and we are going to challenge it. This is really shocking indeed and the judiciary should be answerable to this

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Linda Masarira is a Zimbabwean politician and current president of a party she founded in April 2019, the Labour, Economists and African Democrats party (LEAD). Masarira is the former spokesperson for the MDC-T faction led by Thokozani Khupe a party from which she was fired... Read More About Linda Masarira

The Constitutional Court is the final court of appeals for all matters relating to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, and its decisions are binding on all other courts in Zimbabwe. It has the power to make the final decision on the constitutionality of an act of... Read More About Constitutional Court

Luke Malaba is a Zimbabwean judge and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe he was appointed Chief Justice of Zimbabwe by former President Robert Mugabe with effect from the 27th of March 2017. Before that he was the acting Chief Justice after... Read More About Luke Malaba


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