Mutambara withdraws leadership wrangle petition

HARARE - Former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara’s allies have withdrawn a Supreme Court appeal, which sought to nullify the party’s 2011 congress that saw Welshman Ncube elected president of the breakaway MDC formation.

Jobert Mudzumwe, chairperson of an MDC faction headed by Mutambara, together with 12 others had asked the High Court to reverse Ncube’s ascendance to the party’s top position.

However, High Court judge, Bharat Patel dismissed the application, forcing Mutambara’s party members to file a Supreme Court appeal against the ruling.

Mutambara rose to the position of Deputy Prime Minister on the back of his position as MDC president.

He resisted efforts to remove him from the post to make way for Ncube, arguing that he was still the legitimate president as the matter was still pending before the courts.

Lawyer Obey Shava told the Daily News yesterday that the appeal had been withdrawn, because it had since been overtaken by events.

Dismissing the party members’ application, Patel said Mudzumwe had failed to establish any contravention of the MDC constitution by Ncube during the 2011 congress that ousted Mutambara from the party presidency.

Mudzumwe and the MDC members had argued in their application that the congress was convened and conducted in violation of the MDC constitution.

They said convenors of the congress failed to send notices of the congress to all provinces and districts also argued that there were defects in the nomination process for congress elections, adding that the polls were not procedurally conducted because the national chairman was absent from the process.

Mudzumwe, who was then the acting chairman of the MDC, snubbed the congress.

Comments (11)

Mutambara has withdrawn on instructions from Zanu PF which is going to give him a job . He is Zanu PF through and through and bthat is why he is always visible at the Zanu PF Burial Acre , fawning like a puppy in the shadow of his lord and master Bob .

tribesman - 28 August 2013

Mutambara is in and out of ZANU-PF. Ncube is a Zanu-pf project

masimike - 28 August 2013

@tribesman, i think you have read it correctly...even Kasukuwere is on record bidding on his behalf for zanu to formaly make space for Mutambara. Just when we thought we dont have to listen to his humdrum & stupidly obvious rhetoric which add not even a morsel of value. Talk about sheer opportunism. This man is anti-Zimbabwe. He cant be elevated to the higher echelons of zanu or rather sucked into the belly of the beast when he is still "leader" of another party. If there was a credible judiciary this case would have been settled long time ago.

Lt General - 28 August 2013

Handisakambowona Prof asingafunge sa Mutambara. Cant't you be man enough to stand for one principle that you value and believe in? Nepano I'm MDC tomorrow I'm ZANU! Iva vanhu ndovaipiswa nguva yehondo. You're a sell out,who cant stand for anything. If only people were sensible enough they would never choose to be led by such a person. Kumirira kuudzwa zvekuita neZANU, kokuzvifungirawo. We should be standing together to fight the shear destruction being muted by the old and wasting oldies taking the country to shame.

Techno - 28 August 2013

Well his withdrawal is of no consequence since a precedence was set. His case will be prosecuted nonetheless

Archibald Gumbo - 28 August 2013

We will be watching the zanu judiciary and see if the will press on with the case and give judgement! If they dont, it will prve, once again, who the realyy are...just zanu judges!

Grudge - 29 August 2013

It looks like there is something in Zanu P.F which intellectuals are finding it hard to resist. Mutambara is not the first person to to be attracted to Zanu. Jonathan Moyo was a big time critic of Zanu P.F but when he was selected to lead the process of the first constitution amendment of the late 90s and early 2000, Jonathan did a complete turn to Zanu P.F. The party must have experienced and seasoned politicians who when you work with, you cannot resist their professionalism as a party. Hazvindivunditsi vana Shamisa naana Biti vachijoina Zanu P.F. Ndizvo zvatinoda so that we get rid of this polarisation and sharp divisions that had gripped the country.

naume - 29 August 2013

Kedo is back under another pseudo name. This time he calls himself Vada. What he doesn't appear to understand is that we can't all be interested in accident-damaged cars. There will always be people who are interested in politics.

N. SITHOLE - 29 August 2013

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