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Chamisa here to stay - Supreme Court

by Moyo Roy
01 Apr 2020 at 09:51hrs | Views
The Supreme court on Tuesday, while overturning Nelson Chamisa's presidency of the MDC, has acknowledged that the youth ul political remains firmly in control of the party structures, a reality that will not change anytime soon.

The court ruled that Chamisa is not the legitimate leader of MDC placed Thokozani Khupe as the party's interim leader as it dismissed his appeal against a High Court judgement that ruled the same.

Khupe and Chamisa were embroiled in a legal wrangle over the leadership of the MDC after the death of its founding presidet Morgan Tsvangirai in February 2018.

Handing down the judgement, Justices Paddington Garwe, Bharat Patel and Antonia Guvava admitted that the case had been overtaken by events.

"There can be no doubt that the second appellant (Chamisa) and his lieutenants are in de facto and effective control of the party. There is nothing to suggest that the situation will not continue for some time, or that the second appellant is likely to be eclipsed and supplanted as the leader of the party in the foreseeable future. While the court cannot with accuracy predict the future political path of the party, we certainly cannot disregard the political realities on the ground," said Patel.

"In the premises, I'm inclined to agree with the appellants that the present matter has indeed been rendered moot and academic. That, however, is not the end of the matter. The question that arises is whether or not the court should nevertheless proceed to deliver its definitive pronouncement… In short, notwithstanding the political mootness of this matter, it is imperative that there should be an authoritative determination of this appeal in the interests of justice."

Source - Byo24News