Opposition hail High Court ruling on by-elections

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Opposition parties – Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD) and the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) — have welcomed a recent High Court ruling compelling President Robert Mugabe to urgently announce dates for by-elections in three vacant constituencies in Matabeleland region.

High Court judge Justice Nicholas Ndou last Thursday ordered President Mugabe to set dates for three outstanding parliamentary by-elections in Nkayi South, Bulilima East and Lupane East constituencies within two weeks.

The seats have been vacant for three years following the expulsion of three MDC MPs by their party leader, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.

The MPs approached the courts seeking to compel President Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to organise the by-elections, saying the delay was undemocratic.

Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD) Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Dyke Magwanyan’wanya said his party welcomed the judgment and was ready to contest the seats.

“As MKD, we are here to win elections in order to execute the policies and programmes of the party. We are going to participate in all by elections,” he said.

Zapu spokesperson for southern region, Methuseli Moyo, said: “Zapu is itching to participate in these and any other by-elections that may be called. We believe a by-election in the three particular constituencies would be a perfect early Christmas present for our party.

“Zapu prays that none of the respondents appeals to the Supreme Court, thereby delaying or preventing the by-election. The people of Nkayi South, Bulilima East and Lupane East need a permanent political home and solid leadership to overcome the problems of underdevelopment in their areas. Zapu is ready to rescue the three constituencies from opportunists and political wanderers,” he said.