Mugabe Freely Resigned, Mnangagwa Assumed Office Constitutionally: Chief Justice Malaba Dismisses Challenge

Chief Justice Luke Malaba said former President of Zimbabwe Mr Robert Mugabe freely and voluntarily resigned and the assumption of office by his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa was done in terms of the Constitution.

Malaba said this while dismissing an application by Liberal Democrats and Revolutionary Freedom Fighters as well as activists Bongani Nyathi, Linda Masarira and Vusumuzi Sibanda who sought to nullify the inauguration of President Mnangagwa in November last year. They argued Mugabe tendered his resignation under duress and that the assumption of office by Mnangagwa was unconstitutional. It was also argued that the impeachment process that was instituted prior to Mugabe’s resignation was unlawful and served to coerce him to step down.

Chief Justice Malaba said the contents of Mugabe’s resignation letter also confirm that he freely stepped down and acted in terms of the law. He also said Mnangagwa assumed office in accordance with the requirements of paragraphs 14(4) (b) and 14(5) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution.Said Malaba:

He said he was free to express his will to resign. Not only does the former President declare in the written notice that he made the decision voluntarily, he gives reasons for doing so in clear and unambiguous language. He said he was motivated by the desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and sustainability.

Chief Justice Malaba slapped the political parties and three activists with an order for costs.


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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

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

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

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