Charumbira fights apology judgment

HARARE - President of the National Council of Chiefs (NCC) Fortune Charumbira has filed an emergency motion in the High Court to fight a ruling directing him to issue an apology for rallying other chiefs to support the ruling Zanu PF party in the July 30 elections.

The move came as Charumbira on Monday  made a last-ditch attempt to stall a landmark ruling that has shaken the ruling party’s alleged strategy to  use traditional leaders as agents of coercion and auxiliaries of Zanu PF.

In the court ruling delivered two weeks ago, Charumbira had been given seven days to retract his statements, but failed to do so and is now seeking rescission of the judgment.

Charumbira cited the Election Resource Centre (ERC) as the respondent.

The ruling being challenged by Charumbira was handed down in default, after he failed to file opposing papers.

“The reasons for the failure to oppose the court application in the principal proceedings are the following: I am not sure as to what exact date the papers in the principal proceedings were served on me. However, during the period when the papers were served, owing to my duties as the president of the second applicant (NCC) and as a member of Parliament of Zimbabwe, I was in and out of the country,” he said.

He said during the month of May, he spent a week in South Africa and also travelled in April.

“As a result, I was not able to attend to the filing of opposing papers in good time.

“I remember also the fact that the papers which were served at the Parliament of Zimbabwe were served during a period when Parliament was not sitting.

“Accordingly, I did not get immediate knowledge of the papers because Parliament was on recess. Consequently, the papers which were served at Parliament only got to my attention later,” he said.

Comments (3)

Charumbira is wasting his time trying to appeal against the court judgement.Even if the council of chiefs arrived at such a decision,it doesn't make it a lawful decision.The national charter is supreme,once the decision clashes with it,the provisions of this charter prevail over such reckless pronouncement by a paramount chief in direct violation of the constitution. The only available legal option for him is to comply with the court judgement and apologise.Simple and straight forward.

Gen. Spinola - 21 June 2018

This fat bwoy must be brought to book. He's an idiot who's been masquerading as a chief when in fact he's a Zanu foot soldier. Uneducated imbecile

Moe Syslack - 22 June 2018

Chiefs and headman are instruments of callous oppression against the people of Zimbabwe. In return for vehicles, fuel, farms and cash they make life hell for the rural folk. The only way to stop the regime is for the people to say NO. To encourage their relatives to say NO. Then and only then will ZANU PF respect us and focus on real issues and not bribery and deception as is the case now.

Zimbabwe Unity Movement - 24 June 2018

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