TWO former MDC-T MPs maintain that they have the right to use Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s image in their campaigns ahead of the July 31 elections, arguing it is not protected under the Copyright Act.
Report by Blondie Ndebele
Felix Mafa, Samuel Sandla Khumalo, Kidwell Mujuru and Prince Dube yesterday filed their notice of opposition to an interdict by the Bulawayo High Court on Monday barring them from using the MDC-T logo and Tsvangirai’s picture.
The four were expelled from the MDC-T after they filed nomination papers to stand as independent candidates in Bulawayo during the July 31 elections.
Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Maphios Cheda declared unlawful the use of the party’s logo, colours and picture of Tsvangirai by the candidates.
But in an urgent application yesterday opposing the interdict, the “rebels” argue that Tsvangirai’s picture was not registered in terms of Zimbabwe’s Copyright Act.
They contend that there is no need for them to get any authority from the MDC-T as alleged by the party.
Through their lawyer, Dumisani Dube, of Cheda and Partners Legal Practitioners, the candidates said they wanted the matter set down urgently for argument before a judge in time for the elections.