MDC-T VPs case: ‘Applicants used bogus constitution’

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday claimed the High Court challenge filed by two party activists against the appointment of vice-presidents Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri was defective, as the applicants had used a “bogus constitution” to pursue the matter.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Nelson Chamisa,

Nelson Chamisa,

Tsvangirai was responding to a High Court application filed by MDC-T members, Patson Murimoga and George Rice, in July last year, seeking nullification of Chamisa and Mudzuri’s appointments as party vice-presidents.

In their application, the litigants cited Tsvangirai, Chamisa, Mudzuri and MDC-T national chairperson, Lovemore Moyo as respondents.

Tsvangirai’s lawyer, Thabani Mpofu, pleaded with Justice Lavendar Makoni, who is presiding over the matter, to dismiss the application on the grounds that the activists had cited a wrong copy of the party constitution and that they had rushed to take the matter to the court before exhausting internal processes.

He added that the activists also erroneously made reference to the party’s sixth congress, which had not yet taken place.

Mpofu claimed Murimoga and Rice updated their subscriptions to the party two days after filing the application, in a bid to authenticate their application and as such they did not have the locus standi to pursue the matter.

But, the duo’s lawyer, Zivanai Macharaga, said his clients had a constitutional right to approach the court and challenge Tsvangirai’s decisions.

“By virtue of being members, they have the right to file this application. There is nowhere where it is shown that their membership has been withdrawn,” Macharaga said, adding his clients could not have approached the party’s national council because, in their view, it was the offender and could not have resolved the dispute impartially.
Justice Makoni reserved judgment on the preliminary points raised by Mpofu.

9 Responses to MDC-T VPs case: ‘Applicants used bogus constitution’

  1. Gandanga February 17, 2017 at 7:59 am #

    Are these two gentlemen not CIO operatives, what queer names, Murimoga? Rice?

  2. MHLANGA February 17, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    zuva haribude kairi NELSON CHAMISA is our VP

    • Morgan Disaster's cancerous February 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

      Mhlanga are in support of having 3 vice presidents, which we know should be occupied by a southerner for balance of powers. it shows this VP Khupe is nothing in the interests of MDC as to her matabeleland representation.

  3. chichi February 17, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    kana muchida lets vote chamisa will win vp post

    • Dzvinyangoma February 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      … after he lost the SG election to Mwonzora?

  4. gafa futi February 17, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    taurahako chichi

  5. FARAYI MHERE February 23, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

    political matters are never resolved in a court of law, the two guys are wasting their money and energy. The high court will never run a plitical party ,wether mdc or zanu or zanu ndonga or zimpf mujuru

  6. Addmore Gudo February 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    Lets stick to the facts;thisz all intended to manipulate khupe in the VP position by Tsvangirai himself,bec shez fr Matabeleland

  7. shattah February 25, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    you are absolutely right a Mr Faray its more of a domestic affair it will be wasting of time and resources to seek help from the external……sitb back and relax Murimoga and Rice

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