President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, has dismissed as sour grapes accusations by MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa that his principal was responsible for a string of unfavourable rulings the opposition party has endured at the courts.
Charamba, whose official title is Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications), said Mnangagwa did not direct Chamisa to approach the courts. He said:
I suppose the same president would have advised them to approach the courts, isn’t it?
When you present your matter in court, you must necessarily respect the outcome, happy or unhappy as the case may be, and that can’t be the responsibility of a non-party to procedures.
The president is not a party to the case, so how do you suddenly import a person who is not a party to the process, who has not declared an intention to be a litigant?
How do you suddenly import him to explain your poor showing in the court?
Charamba “advised” the MDC Alliance to come and brief Mnangagwa before they go to court in future, if they want to blame him for unfavourable court outcomes.