News

Breaking News: Shock As Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF Presidency Challenged

1.17KViews

 

Mugabe-with-Mnangagwa

By Newsdesk

 

 

Prominent ruling party Zanu PF activist, Sybeth Musengezi has dragged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to court challenging his legitimacy..

 

 

 

Musengezi is claiming that he was ‘unlawfully’ handpicked into the presidency.

 

 

Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamsa, Phelekezela Mphoko, Ignatius Chombo are cited as Respondents in his High court application.

 

 

 

The activist has accused the parties of taking advantage of the unfolding Operation Restore Legacy to topple the late former strong man president, Robert Mugabe from power.

 

 

 

 

“The implementation of the strategy to topple Mugabe from the position of president and first secretary of Zanu PF commenced with unknown individuals convening a purported special session of the Central Committee of Zanu PF at the party’s headquarters on Sunday 19th of November 2017.

 

 

 

“This was all done outside the provisions of the Zanu PF’s constitution in that only the secretary for administration could lawfully convene a session of the Central Committee of the party in the exercise of his powers under Article 9 section 48 of the Constitution of Zanu PF,” said Musengezi in his founding affidavit.

 

 

 

He said the resolution’s document betrays the unconstitutionality and unlawfulness of the purported special Session of the Central Committee.

 

 

 

Musengezi said the meeting was not convened by the secretary for administration, (Chombo) and Mugabe was not incapacitated at all to preside over a lawfully convened session of the central committee in terms of the party constitution.

 

 

 

“He was at all material times seized with the internal affairs of the party in his engagement with the commanders of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces as evidenced by the subject of his televised speech on the evening of the 19th of November 2017 at the end of which he bid the whole country a good night with the famed Asante Sana remark,” he said.

 

 

Musengezi said Mugabe was not incapacitated because he managed to cap hundreds of university students at the Zimbabwe Open University graduation ceremony and his then vp Mphoko was not incapacitated as well in the event that Mugabe was absent.

 

 

Musengezi also said the incapacitation was not substantiated at all.

 

 

 

“If anything, the ZDF justified its intervention in the internal affairs of the party on the basis of protecting Mugabe from criminals around him. This, therefore, means that the president and first secretary of the party were fully protected and available to convene and preside over the lawfully convened session of the central committee.

 

 

 

“The conclusion is therefore inescapable that the alleged incapacitation of the top leadership of the party to preside over a lawfully convened session of the central committee was a figment of the imagination of these members bent on violating the clear provisions of the constitution of Zanu PF in the furtherance of their preconceived strategy to unlawfully topple Mugabe and to foist on the party Mnangagwa in absentia as the president and first secretary.

 

 

 

“From the narrative above, it becomes clear that the purported special session of the central committee was unconstitutional and therefore illegal. It follows, therefore, that all the purported resolutions passed at the impugned meeting are also unlawful and invalid.”

 

 

 

Musengezi also told the high court that the central committee does not have the power to reinstate a member who stands expelled from the party without that member following due process under the party constitution.

 

 

“It was scandalous and it gives credence to the inference that it was all part of a preconceived strategy to further the achievement of the well-documented ambitions of Mnangagwa of toppling and succeeding Mugabe both as president and first secretary of the party and as president and the head of state of the country.

 

 

It is his submission that as a direct result of the unconstitutional and unlawful special session of the central committee convened on the 19th of November 2017 Mnangagwa was purportedly elected in absentia to the position of president and first secretary of Zanu PF and to the position of acting president and head of state of the country.

 

 

 

He said the conduct of those who convened the meeting robbed Zimbabweans of freely choosing their president.

 

 

Musengezi said Mnangagwa was “handpicked by not more than 201 party members gathered outside the provision of Zanu PF constitution.”

 

 

He said Zanu PF is supposed to hold its congress every five years but Mnangagwa has failed to do so in two years after it was due.

 

 

On that note, he petitioned the court to grant a declaratory order and consequential relief that the events of November 19 2021 be declared null and void.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

Leave a Reply