Tsvangirai's 2002 election petition ruling still pending

HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured) has said he is still waiting for judgment for his 2002 presidential election petition.

In 2002, President Robert Mugabe was pronounced winner of the presidential election in extremely controversial circumstances.

Tsvangirai challenged the election results in 2002.

However, the Zimbabwean High Court sat on the petition up to the time of the next elections. To this date, no decision has been passed by the courts on Tsvangirai’s election challenge of 2002.

Tsvangirai then approached the Supreme Court in 2005, which reserved judgment on the appeal seeking the country’s highest court to hear and determine his petition against Mugabe’s 2002 re-election victory.

Tsvangirai had appealed to the Supreme Court alleging that the High Court, which procedurally should initially hear the petition, has inordinately delayed in concluding the matter.

The MDC leader, who says Mugabe used violence and outright fraud to cheat him of victory in the March 2002 presidential ballot, petitioned the High Court to nullify the poll result days after it was announced.

The petition was briefly heard by High Court Judge Ben Hlatshawayo before being put on hold, never to be resumed again.

Tsvangirai told a South Africa television station ANN7: “The whole elections machinery must be changed so that the people’s vote is not subverted.

“In our case there is a lot, we don’t have media space for the opposition, violence is prevalent, just recently brigadier (Agrippa) Mutambara was almost killed just because he is opposition

“Then you have the question of the mechanism, the technical capacity of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and you also have the judiciary playing a role to try to suppress the will of the people.  I still have my election contest in 2002 still on the bench and has not been dealt with…it’s almost 17 years after... we have produced a document, we have presented that document to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, it has basic standards.”

The MDC leader and other opposition political party leaders have been pushing for electoral reforms before the holding of next year’s general elections, arguing it is the only way for the country to hold a free and free election.

“First of all, the fact that we are part of Sadc (Southern African Development Community), there are Sadc rules and we are part of the AU (African Union) and there are AU rules and every benchmark is being violated when it comes to the Zimbabwe election,” the former Prime Minister in the Government of National Unity said.

This also comes after the then Pretoria High Court judge Dikgang Moseneke and Johannesburg high court judge Sisi Khampepe released a much awaited 2014 report, claiming the 2002 election was not free and fair, citing several irregularities complained of by the MDC leader.

Further speaking to ANN7, Tsvangirai said the executive has too much influence on the judiciary; an aspect which he said affects some of the country’s electoral processes.

“It’s the judiciary. The judiciary is dominated and its controlled by the executive and we went into a situation in which in 2013 I even went and said we want the voting material and the courts could not give us the voting material,…it means the judiciary is under control of the executive.

“As long as Zec is controlling the elections, and Zec is also being controlled by the executive, it’s a vicious circle and I think that these are the lessons we learn from every African election,” Tsvangirai said.

Comments (4)

You are lost Tsvangirai you must move on come to the election mode 2018 is around the corner

BOYCOTT - 14 January 2017

@boycott I think you missing the point here. Tsvangson is trying to tell the world how uneven and biased the judiciary is in Zim hence Zanu's insistence on Chiweshe for Chief Justice.

Moe Syslack - 15 January 2017

Also pending in the courts is the opposition request for the release of the 2013 Nikuv edited voters roll. JUSTICE DELAYED IS DICTATORSHIP. Better sanctions than endure a home grown autocracy.

Serkie - 15 January 2017

Its obvious the judge Hlatswayo was interdicted by the usual agents whom to date claim 'not to know' who bombed the Daily News printing press and also do not know who bombed MDC Avenues offices during the same early 2000 period. And also do not know who the disappearance and abduction of hundreds of Zimbabwean opposition figures. In such an Idi Amin regime one has the audacity to move around telling the world that Tsvangirai brought sanctions. Nxa

Shungu - 15 January 2017

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