ConCourt holiday appearance was a stunt: Uriri

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s lead lawyer Advocate Lewis Uriri has said his team’s appearance at the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) to file papers to oppose MDC Alliance electoral petition on a holiday was stage-managed to prove a point.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Speaking to NewsDay, Uriri said going to ConCourt on a holiday was a side-show which later served its purpose.

“We went to ConCourt on a holiday to emphasise a point, though I did not myself attend. Those two small bags could not contain the mass of papers that was brought by a truck in three massive bags when filed. We are not stupid. We don’t film and photograph ourselves at a closed court and ‘leak’ the evidence! The side show served its purpose,” he said.

Uriri said the ruling by the ConCourt on the issue of the days had vindicated him, after he differed with his team on the interpretation of the law.

“The ruling confirms that you include the weekends and holidays, unless the time runs out on a weekend in which case the thing to be done is done the next working day,” he said.
In a brief to Mnangagwa, Uriri differed with his instructing lawyers, Mutumbwa, Mugabe and Partners on the interpretation of the law.

This was noted in a 17-page document prepared for Mnangagwa, by Uriri titled Ex Parte: Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, in which he urged his client to disregard the findings by instructing lawyers.

“Whether my instructing attorneys are correct in their interpretation that in view of rule 3 if the ConCourt Rules (2016) the last day of filing of a petition challenges my consultant’s election as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe is the 16th August 2018,” Uriri wrote.

“Whether my instructing attorneys are correct in their view that no election petition is filed, inauguration day would be Monday the 20th August 2018.”

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15 Comments

  1. whatever this uriri guy says the truth of the matter from what we saw during the concourt proceedings he is no match for adv.mpofu and the new kid on the legal scene kanengoni and i was not convinced with his command let alone eloquence of the queen language which was used in court maybe when proceedings are in shona he is a star i do not know.

    1. Eloquence is verbal excellency but not proof of diligence.

      1. You are an EDiot, hsmae

    2. saka eloquence yampofu yacho yakahwinisa case here

      1. Phanuel Chamonyonga

        Mwana wembwa did you not watch the Court proceedings that the ZEC Lawyers were not cross examined? Son of devil.

  2. I fail to comprehend the relevance of the “stunt”. All they did was just to confirm that public holidays are not considered “court days” and therefore excluded from the 7 day calculation. The question of whether weekends count as court days was not clarified by this stunt, since they were not there on a weekend.

  3. Iwe Anonymous – ehe hauzive saka chinyarara – What you need to know is this “that a lawyer (eloquent or not) does not win or lose a case – it is the evidence that does win” Your Mpofu character lost – how is he then better than Uriri – uri dofo iwewe Anonymous iwewe

  4. Wezhira Wezhara

    @Greyhora, the stunt served to avoid an ambush or arguement by the Applicant that Respondent had filed their papers outside the 3 day period. In any case, the law says an extension of deadline is only given if the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday. However these days are counted if the deadline falls on a weekday. That is the interpretation Jonathan “twitter president” Moyo failed to understand.

    1. Section 336 clearly says ENS or FALLS. Holidays and weekends are rest days and there is no need to expect lawyers to continue working on such days even if they are not the last day. Falls is an anticipation that lawyers will like everyone else rest on these days so they should not be counted in calculating days to prepare papers. As for CJ despite pfee we know he and his bench got so much wrong including this.

    2. Section 336 clearly says ENDS or FALLS. Holidays and weekends are rest days and there is no need to expect lawyers to continue working on such days even if they are not the last day. Falls is an anticipation that lawyers will like everyone else rest on these days so they should not be counted in calculating days to prepare papers. As for CJ despite pfee we know he and his bench got so much wrong including this.

    3. Thanks Wezhira, I have clarity now. That seemingly moronic event was a calculated move, after all. I had actually wondered at some point why they would film and publicise their own “foolishness”.

  5. Comment…we need grace guys and move own putting our trust in God.

  6. Much ado about nothing

  7. yep a move to deceive mpofu and let him thing the only basis for their case was the date thing which they knew was wrong and in tern mpofu would prepare his argument based on that , akapihwa pony and he exposed his King

  8. We saw the video live. They looked genuinely confused when they went to con-court on a holiday. Otherwise they are one of the best actors the world has ever seen!

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