Judge Refuses To Try Mnangagwa For Urging Zanu-PF Candidates To Bribe Chiefs

High Court judge Justice Mary Dube declined to exercise her jurisdiction over President Mnangagwa saying that Section 98 (1) of the Constitution created Presidential immunity. She said Mnangagwa cannot be tried in his personal capacity whilst he is still President.

Said Justice Dube:

I decline to exercise my jurisdiction over the President of Zimbabwe. The President of Zimbabwe is improperly before the court. The relief sought against him cannot be granted.

The Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T wanted a High Court order compelling Zanu-PF not to engage in electoral malpractices by seeking to the support or assistance of chiefs and making them to act in a partisan manner or further the interests of their political party or cause. MDC-T accused Mnangagwa of inciting Zanu-PF candidates to offer trinkets to chiefs and traditional leaders to get their support in the harmonised elections.

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