Mnangagwa legitimacy court challenge set for Sept 21

THE High Court will sit on September 21 to hear a case where a Zanu PF youth member is challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy.

Sybeth Musengezi filed a High Court application in 2020 challenging a 2017 central committee meeting that resulted in the late President Robert Mugabe stepping down and Mnangagwa taking over.

In an update on the case, Musengezi said the case will be heard by High Court Judge Justice Mary Dube.

“Thanks to this urgent chamber application that sought (to) stop the ZANU PF congress pending finalization of the legitimacy matter. Now our Mnangagwa legitimacy matter is set down for the 21st of September for hearing before HC Judge President Justice Mary Dube. We pray for justice!,” Musengezi Tweeted.

In his court application, Musengezi argued that the Central Committee meeting held on November 19, 2017 that resolved to remove Mugabe was illegal, and unconstitutional.

Mugabe also resigned as Zimbabwe president after he was threatened with impeachment.

Two weeks ago, Musengezi filed another court application saying Mnangagwa and other respondents had no legal authority to call a Zanu PF elective congress when there is a pending court case challenging the President’s legitimacy.

He listed Zanu PF, Mnangagwa, the party’s Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu, Secretary for Finance Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwe Newspapers and Herald Editor Hatred Zingeni as the first to sixth respondents respectively.

The ruling party plans to hold its 7th Congress from the 26th to 29th October at the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare

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