Mangondo barred from using ED picture, Zanu PF regalia

HIGH Court judge, Justice Amy Tsanga has barred independent candidate for Murehwa South constituency, Noah Mangondo, from using Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa’s picture and regalia during his campaigns.

BY CHARLES LAITON

The ruling was made on Monday following an urgent chamber application made by Zanu PF.

In his founding affidavit, Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana said there were fears that if Mangondo was not interdicted from using the ruling party’s regalia, his actions would eventually cause confusion to the party’s supporters.

However, when the matter was heard by Justice Tsanga, the impasse did not last long as the parties immediately found common ground.

“Whereupon after reading documents filed of record and hearing counsel it is ordered by consent that (1) the respondent (Mangondo) undertakes not to print, distribute by whatever means including electronic, any campaigning material for the 2018 harmonised elections for the National Assembly Murehwa South constituency, containing a picture of the applicant’s (Zanu PF) presidential candidate for the 2018 harmonised elections, Cde, ED Mnangagwa and the campaign slogan #EDhasmyvote,” the judge ruled.

In his affidavit, Mangwana had said Zanu PF approached the court on an urgent basis after realising that Mangondo had distributed his campaign materials which contained offensive captions.

The party said Mangondo was initially approved to contest the primary elections for Murehwa South after successfully submitting his curriculum vitae for consideration.

However, on April 20, Zanu PF’s national elections commission made a decision to disqualify Mangondo from participating in its primary elections, arguing that he did not meet the criteria to contest.

The party further said soon after the primary elections, it gathered information to the effect that some members who had either been disqualified from contesting in the primary elections or those who had lost, Mangondo included, had elected to stand as independent candidates.

In light of what the ruling party had gathered, Zanu PF’s secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu, on June 8, 2018 forewarned disgruntled members that should they stand as independent candidates, they risked being automatically expelled and the decision was taken against Mangondo.


6 Comments

  1. MEANWHILE,KHUPE WAS ALLOWED TO USE MDCT NAME AND SYMBOL BY BOTH COURT AND ZEC. JUST WATCHING FROM A DISTANCE.

    1. very different issues, keep watching from your distance

    2. Chamisa’s own lawyers withdrew the case because they felt it was hopeless. Don’t blame the courts.

  2. ZANU PF controls the courts. The courts are skewed in favour of ZANU PF.

    1. Everywhere around the world judges are selected and appointed by the govt or ruling party. In America, Trump has just appointed a very anti-Democrat judge. In Zimbabwe, judges now actually undergo public interviews, something you will never see anywhere else around the world. So please stop moaning, our judiciary is now much more independent than in other countries.

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