Opposition MDC Alliance has said attempts by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi to drag the Nelson Chamisa-led party into the legal proceedings that resulted in the ouster of former Chief Justice Luke Malaba was an act of desperation.
The party remarks after Ziyambi had issued a statement attacking the “captured” judiciary and MDC Alliance, whose members he accused of “being paid monthly allowances for causing turmoil in this country and for being arrested.” Ziyambi had said:
The situation now in this country is that there is a risk of judicial capture where the Judiciary has been captured by certain elements both within and outside Zimbabwe who want to destabilise the second Republic.
We are also aware of certain members of the opposition, the MDC Alliance, who are being paid monthly allowances for causing turmoil in this country and for being arrested.
The time may now have come to expose all these malcontents and economic saboteurs who are not sleeping until they bring down the second Republic.
We are now going to poke the enemy in the eye and confront it….
I want to make it clear today that we do not accept the decision of the High Court. We have a serious situation of a Judiciary that has been captured by foreign forces in this Country.
We are going to exercise our right in terms of the law and file an appeal against this baseless and meaningless decision of the High Court.
In response, MDC Alliance echoed Alex Magaisa’s sentiments that the constitutional crisis that resulted in the ouster of Malaba was due to a lack of interest in doing the right thing by the Ministry led by Ziyambi. Said the party:
The attempt by Minister Ziyambi to rope the MDC Alliance into its web of illegalities is an act of desperation. The Constitution must be respected. The failure to do so lies squarely at the hands of the Executive which has created this Constitutional crisis. #SaveOurConstitution
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