MDC Secretary General, Douglas Mwonzora has said that he’s not sure that Justice Edith Mushore was interfered with in passing judgement against Nelson Chamisa recently. On 8 May Justice Mushore ruled that Chamisa is the not the legitimate president of the MDC.
Mwonzora was speaking during an interview with The Standard’s Obey Manayiti. Manayiti asked him: “Other senior MDC members have dismissed the judgement as “empty thunder” or interference by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Do you share similar sentiments?”
I am not sure as to whether Justice Edith Mushore was interfered with at all and I will not be in a position to comment on that. However, as an officer of the court myself, I am not very comfortable with spreading hate language against judges in the media or social media. I think judges still need to be respected. Respecting the judiciary does not necessarily mean agreeing with their judgements, but I think it is wrong for anyone to demonise judges. However, it is permissible to disagree with judgements wherever people feel that the judgement is not fair. I do not have evidence, as an officer of the court, of interference.
Mwonzora also said that he’s not sure if the judgement is enforceable or not especially as the party is going to Congress this week.
Douglas Mwonzora has been criticised for not being in solidarity with other MDC leadership against the judgement. At one point he said that he was not sure if the congress was proceeding, despite assurances to supporters from other leaders that the MDC congress would proceed. Last week, former minister in Robert Mugabe’s government Jonathan Moyo commented that Mwonzora’s political career had effectively died, following the developments.
In the last few months, speculation went high that Mwonzora was looking to challenge Nelson Chamisa for the party’s presidency at the 25 May congress. Chamisa however secured nominations from all the party’s provinces, effectively dampening Mwonzora’s chances.
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