Chief Justice Luke Malaba has rejected an application to have the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba investigated on allegations of incompetence, dishonesty and misconduct in her dealings at Zec. Chief Justice Malaba said the issues raised by Kwekwe-based political activist, Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo, have nothing to do with the Judicial Services Commission (JSC). Said Justice Malaba in his response written by JSC acting secretary Mr Munamato Mutevedzi,
1) The complaints which you raise in your letter relate to the alleged conduct of Honourable Justice Chigumba in the exercise of her functions as chairperson of ZEC and not as a judge of the High Court.
2) ZEC is an independent commission established in terms of section 238 of the Constitution. There are remedies provided by the Constitution and other electoral laws meant to address complaints relating to the conduct of chairpersons and commissioners of independent commissions.
3) It is within your rights to invoke those remedies if you believe that you have grounds for doing so against Honourable Chigumba as chairperson of ZEC.
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