Moyo defence of Mugabe shameful: MDC

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has described as “desperate”, attempts by Information minister Jonathan Moyo to exonerate President Robert Mugabe from accusations that the 91-year-old was threatening judges when he suggested that no court could hear the case brought against him by Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo.

Moyo said in a statement on Sunday: “President Mugabe said it would be a case of interference in Zanu PF internal matters that are not legal but are ideological and political should the courts entertain Mutasa’s matter.

“It is thus shocking that some lawyers who should know better have sought to misrepresent the president’s remarks as a threat to the rule of law.

“This is particularly true of outrageous claims that president Mugabe is allegedly prejudicing and pre-empting the case brought by Mutasa and Gumbo while also allegedly compromising the separation of powers between the Executive and the Judiciary.”

Obert Gutu, the MDC spokesperson, said Moyo was attempting to blatantly mislead the nation about Mugabe’s “wicked and shameful threat” to the Judiciary.

Mugabe told a function in Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency last week that he would want to see the qualifications of any judge who agrees to hear the case.

Legal experts and opposition parties immediately rounded on the doddering president, accusing him of exerting undue influence on the courts and, therefore, undermining the rule of law and the time-bound principle of separation of powers.

But Moyo claimed the critics were misdirecting themselves in twisting the president’s statement.

Gutu said Moyo’s remarks were “patently shameful and pathetic and indeed, it is grossly insulting to the intelligence of the people of Zimbabwe.”

“It is an indisputable fact that Robert Mugabe’s utterances were deliberately aimed at intimidating the Judiciary in the wake of the High Court application filed by Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo,” Gutu said.

“Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo are entitled to approach the courts in order to resolve whatever grievances that they might have within their faction-ridden and beleaguered political party, Zanu PF. Robert Mugabe is the head of the Executive arm of the State and as such, he has an obligation to respect the doctrine of separation of powers which underlies the very essence of a modern democracy.

“Thus, Mugabe’s careless, irresponsible and reckless statement in which he literally intimidated the Judiciary is not only grossly offensive but it is also in extreme bad taste and clearly unconstitutional.

“At all relevant times, everyone, including Robert Mugabe, has a constitutional obligation to respect and uphold the independence of the Judiciary.”

Gutu said Mugabe was the first citizen of Zimbabwe in his capacity as the head of State and as such, he should not behave and conduct himself like a misguided missile.

“Robert Mugabe’s threat against the independence of the Judiciary is blatantly unconstitutional and as the MDC, we condemn such an utterance in the strongest terms,” Gutu said.

“Robert Mugabe should not continue to behave like a bull in a china shop. As the head of State, he took an oath to respect and uphold the Constitution of Zimbabwe. He should not do anything that has the effect of undermining public confidence and trust in the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary.”

Gutu said the “reckless and intimidatory statement” that was uttered by the nonagenarian was tantamount to gross and unmitigated abuse of his office as the Head of State.

“This statement is also repugnant to the tenets of democracy,” Gutu said.

“The MDC maintains that the head of State should be the first person to defend and uphold the integrity of all public institutions; including the Judiciary.

“It is, therefore, odious and grossly offensive for one Jonathan Moyo to shamelessly seek to mislead the nation into believing that Robert Mugabe was within his rights when he threatened the Judiciary. Jonathan Moyo is a master of deceit and chicanery and his record in distorting and manipulating facts is legendary.”

Gutu said the MDC calls upon the Zanu PF regime to respect and uphold the independence of the Judiciary if at all this country is going to attract meaningful foreign direct investment.

Comments (6)

Ha but again the 2 VPs took an oath before the wrong authority....kkkkkk was it to be before judiciary or executive???? Zimbabwe and its laws........GOD!!!!

UNCLE REAL - 11 March 2015

IT IS JUST A MATTER OF THE BLIND FOLLOWING THE BLIND

jack - 11 March 2015

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morkal - 12 March 2015

MDC-T are you aware you are more involved in Zanu-pf issues than your own party ? You spend most of your time talking about Zanu-pf and that is marketing Zanu-pf .Gutu Obert at one point you seem to hold the office of the presidence in high esteem and at the very next moment you do not have any respect for the president what so ever . Tell the people about your own party . Daily news , your become too negative in your reporting about Zimbabwean issues and you are losing the interest of the people .

Hayibo ! - 12 March 2015

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