Lawyers ready to take up Zanu PF challenge

HARARE - A number of lawyers, who have reportedly refused to represent a quest by liberation war pioneers and veterans to sue Zanu PF over its damp squib and “unconstitutional” congress last year, say they are actually ready to take up the case.

This comes as the State media has relentlessly sought to vilify former attorney-general Sobusa Gula-Ndebele and lawyer Addington Chinake for alleged involvement in the contest against many of President Robert Mugabe’s acolytes.

Lewis Uriri, a renowned advocate and one of the lawyers allegedly approached by the two senior counsels to argue the case in court, said he would represent the group if approached.

The threat to sue Zanu PF was issued by the group in a damning statement signed by the party’s former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa who insists he has not been removed from his post.

“I am a lawyer (and) not a politician,” Uriri said.

“I operate within certain professional and ethical norms, and parameters. Assuming that I was approached, which I cannot deny or confirm, I would not… discuss a client’s case without his consent.”

While Uriri said he had never met Mutasa before, he emphasised that he had taken an oath to “represent all manner of people without fear or favour”.

“The duty of a lawyer is to take instructions from clients and act if there is no conflict. Your question seems to suggest that it is wrong to represent Mutasa and the group.

“I see nothing wrong in representing him or anyone for that matter,” he said.

In a series of articles since January 16, the State media has not only sought to give an impression “no one was willing to touch the lawsuit because it was long on politics than the law”, but out rightly engage in scare-mongering and suggest that Uriri, and others had broken the attorney-client privilege.

Fortune Chasi, another lawyer who was allegedly approached by the ex-Zanu PF bigwig, also poured cold water on suggestions that the group was finding it hard to secure a lawyer.

“I think this is some form of mischief aimed at allocating lawyers who they can represent or not.

“As a lawyer, I represent anyone and that includes murderers,” the former deputy Justice minister said, emphasising, though, that he had not been approached to handle the case.

Chasi not only indicated that he was “still furnishing his Advocates’ Chambers offices”, but it would be difficult for him to take up any cases with such high “conflict of interest” since he was one of the recently fired ministers.

Yesterday, Mutasa railed at his detractors for claiming he was failing to get a lawyer and dismissing it as “mere propaganda aimed at dampening their spirits”.

“Vanonyepa, hapana zvakadaro, vanorambirei (There is no reason for them to snub us), a case is a case what is required is legal evidence and there is plenty of that,” he said.

Comments (14)

Surely lawyers represent anyone any time.There is absolutely nothing amiss about Mutasa's case.He rightly deserves legal representation&ZPF can legally defend themselves in court.

DEMBETEMBE - 20 January 2015

Like everywhere else where Zanu-PF has full control, The Herald has gone to the dogs. Reporting is poor, research zero and resources only there for praise-singers. Pathetic paper trying to cow lawyers into submission. Zimbabwe is becoming a House of Horror.

selele - 20 January 2015

Zanu pf was caught unaware by Cde Mutasa now there waiting for president to come back from his holiday to resolve these issues. please editor can i have the phone number of the iterator for banking or email address

RUSSELL - 20 January 2015

Like in any normal dictatorship, no decision can be made other than by the one and only Napoleon. Squealer-Ngwena still working on the raped Zanu constitution so as to try and pre-empty questions from the fired cabal.

selele - 20 January 2015

Yes,it looks like ZANU PF was caught unawares by Didymus Mutasa's letter.Mutasa is very correct&deserves every democrat's support.I only hope he won't get let down by others unfairly expelled from ZPF.

GODOBORI - 20 January 2015

Lawyers must charge these zanu pf criminal rejects to an extent of leaving them broke. Mugabe is the supreme law as long he is alive. Zanu pf rejects have been beneficiaries of this lawless system for 34 years until they were pushed aside at their "Bhora resimbi game" Lawyers will do nothing except fill their pockets from these gullible zanu pf people. There is no law to talk about under mugabe. Court order issued in respect of Monzou farm has been "OVERRUN". The expelled and disgruntled group must fight for their positions "the zanu pf way" not this legal thing which is alien to them.

X-MAN IV - 20 January 2015

You people are funny. What did Mutasa do for his own people whilst he was in power ? Mutasa is just a thug who killed a war vet around 2008 and the case never saw the light of day because he was sitting up there. Ask anyone from Rusape what development he brought and there is nothing to show for it. Forget about this dinasaur. He is finished and 80 years old for Pete's sake !

guluva - 21 January 2015

@guluva the funny part of your story is, " What did Mutasa do for his own people whilst he was in power ? and He is finished and 80 years old for Pete's sake !" really can you say the same of the dear supreme leader, I wonder who is older.

Qawe laMaqawe - 21 January 2015

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Oliver - 21 January 2015

Selele,no dictatorship is normal.Look, a president extends his leave by a full week.'IS THAT NORMAL?'

RURAMISO - 21 January 2015

Kungodyirwa mari nenyaya yakafa kare iyo

reason - 21 January 2015

Even Chinamasa once complained that these years lawyers of today are half baked

Dangerous Bharanzi - 21 January 2015

Kana ivo vaMadhuku vanoti kudiwo nazvo

Danger - 21 January 2015

Chii chakaitwa naMutasa chisina kuitwa nemunhu wese???????

Nhavaizeremhepo - 21 January 2015

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