The latest ruling by the High Court judge Justice Justice Edith Mushore also nullified the appointment of Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as Vice Presidents. The appointments were made by the late founding leader Morgan Richard Tsvangirai in 2014. In a ruling which is likely to cause shockwaves in the political circles, particularly, the opposition circles, the High Court has nullified Nelson Chamisa’s appointment as the leader of the opposition MDC party.
The new ruling totally disregards another High Court ruling made in 2017 which ruled that the structures which appointed Chamisa were legitimate. The new ruling ordered the MDC to hold an extraordinary congress within a month using 2014 structures in which Thokozani Khupe was the only Vice President of the party, meaning that at the moment, according to the latest ruling at least, Khupe is the legitimate leader of the opposition.
Ironically, the ruling comes a few days after a video surfaced in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa infamously declared that Zanu-PF controlled every single entity within the country. Below is part of the High Court ruling by Justice Mushore,
The appointment of 2nd and 3rd Respondents as Deputy Presidents of the Movement of Democratic Change Party were unconstitutional and therefore null and void. The appointment of 2nd Respondent as Acting President and President of the Movement for Democratic Change party was unconstitutional and therefore null and void.
All appointments and or/reassignments and all actions of the 2nd Respondents in his purported capacities as Deputy/Acting or incumbent President were unconstitutional, and therefore null and void.
The 1st respondent be and is hereby ordered to hold an Extra-Ordinary Congress after the elapse of at least one month after the date of this order.The Respondents are ordered to pay the applicants costs of suit, jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved.
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