Zanu-PF’s Secretary for legal affairs, Paul Mangwana has said that the Constitutional Court should dismiss the presidential challenge which was filed by Nelson Chamisa. Mangwana said the challenge was filed well after the deadline and that some respondents were not served with the papers on time. Said Mangwana,
In my capacity as Secretary for Legal Affairs of Zanu-PF party, I would like to confirm that, this morning the 11th of August 2018, and at 1030 hours, the Sheriff of the High Court of Zimbabwe, purportedly served papers in respect of Constitutional Challenge Case No CCZ 42/2018 on Comrade ED Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa Office.
The purported service is irregular for a number of reasons, including that, it is hopelessly out of time, the pronouncement having been made on or before the 3rd of August, 2018. Service should have been done by Friday, the 10th of August, 2018. In any event, service should have been effected at Comrade ED Mnangagwa’s address, as given in his nomination papers, being Pricable Farm, Sherwood Block, Kwekwe, and further that, from the papers delivered, there is not attached some documents referred to in the application. To our knowledge, because of the attempt to catch respondents by surprise, the applicant has failed to effect service on time, and in accordance with the law.
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Mangwana said that even if the application is not dismissed, Zanu-PF is confident of winning because the issues being raised are political issues and not legal issues. The majority of the losing presidential candidates who were also cited as respondents are quoted by state media as saying that they are yet to receive the court papers.
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