Tsvangirai challenges Electoral Court ruling

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai has appealed against Electoral Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu’s dismissal of his application and the push for the arrest of his legal practitioners.

Bhunu threw out Tsvangirai’s application in which he was seeking permission to get electoral material and information from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in order to file a presidential election petition.

The court said it had no jurisdiction to hear the case, and gave an order for the prosecution of his lawyers, on contempt charges.

Bhunu said the statements made by the MDC leader during the application were contemptuous and brought the court’s integrity into disrepute.

However, on Wednesday Tsvangirai filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, arguing that Bhunu had erred in dismissing the application.

“Take notice that, the appellant hereby appeals against the whole judgment of the Electoral Court,” the application reads.

Tsvangirai is seeking the Supreme Court to overturn Bhunu’s ruling, claiming that he should have heard the matter on merits.

He also seeks the court to reverse Bhunu’s order for the prosecution of his lawyers.

Bhunu gave the order after being riled by Tsvangirai’s statements, arguing his lawyers equally shared the responsibility and were associated to the sentiments.

In the Electoral Court application, Tsvangirai had said, “Judiciary is not independent from the executive, and politically, from Zanu PF.

“Since 2000 the president has appointed or elevated 23 judges to the High Court, Supreme Court and the new Constitutional Court without consulting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai contrary to requirements of the GPA and the constitution. Consequently the opposition does not view the judiciary as independent of Zanu PF.”

Bhunu said the statements in the dossier were “despicable”.

“Time has come to reign in errant Legal Practitioners bent on bringing the court’s integrity into disrepute,” the judge said.

The lawyers, Lewis Uriri, Alec Muchadehama and Tarisai Mutangi yesterday approached the Supreme Court, seeking an order for the setting aside of Bhunu’s judgment.

Comments (4)

This man Bhunu is a partsan judge, and he will rule in favour of his boss , Mugabe. So by wanting to arrest Tsvangirai's lawyers, this Bhunu is grandstanding, showing off (which means that his behaviour is intended to get public attention and approval from his boss , Mugabe). Bhunu wants to be seen as doing a good job by arresting Tsvangirai's lawyers , so that he gets a pat on his back and a badge of honour from Mugabe for a good job done, that of arresting Tsvangirai's lawyers on trumped up charges .He wants to show the world that he has powers to persecute and procecute lawyers who dare question him on his rulings. What a corrupt law practice ! ! !

Little Tsuro Katsuro - 23 August 2013

Mugabe and his judges cheated us on 31July eclections but will never be able to force us to agree that the elections were not rigged.Please don't continue inssaulting peoples' intelligence.

chimwango - 23 August 2013

You always remain cheeted untill you contest elections in the UK, AMERICA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA etc where you have supporters, why are you not robbed where you win, if we were rigging, we would rig where you always win not in our strongholds, why should we, You are always cry babies, wake up and smell the coffee.

NDABEZINHLE NKOMO - 23 August 2013

Bhunu, ibhunhu. What do you expect. Put more pressure bhunhu richatiza. Mabhunhu tichatonga. Hamuzvizive kuti kune BHUNHU BEMA.

Boterekwa - 23 August 2013

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