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Tsvangirai's court bid hits brick wall

by Staff reporter
18 May 2013 at 03:55hrs | Views
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's bid to block a Harare man, Mr Jealousy Mawarire's court application for early proclamation of election dates to be heard on an urgent basis failed yesterday after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the man.

Mr Mawarire had approached the superior court seeking an order to have his case heard on urgent basis arguing that the life of Parliament and councils expires on June 29 and that if elections are not held, Zimbabwe will be run illegally.

Mr Tsvangirai opposed the application while President Mugabe, MDC leader Professor Welshman Ncube and the Attorney General's Office consented to the relief sought on the preliminary application.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, sitting in his chambers yesterday, ruled that Mawarire's court application can be heard on an urgent basis.

The reasons for his decision on the pre-hearing proceedings on the urgency to the principal application will follow.

The President, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and the AG's Office also listed as respondents in the case now have up to May 20 to oppose the principal application, and arguments from all parties participating in the case will be heard next Friday.

PM Tsvangirai and Prof Ncube have already filed the opposing papers to the principal case now set for next week.

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