JUDGE President George Chiweshe yesterday evening granted a consent order allowing President Robert Mugabe a 30-day extension to today’s deadline for him to gazette the dates for outstanding by-elections as ordered by the Supreme Court last month.
Last month the Supreme Court upheld a High Court decision that ordered Mugabe to call for by-elections in three constituencies once held by Abednico Bhebhe, Njabuliso Mguni and Norman Mpofu. The three were expelled from parliament after their expulsion from the MDC.
Mugabe’s lawyer Advocate Ray Goba confirmed the court accepted a consent order agreed between him and Beatrice Mtetwa who represented the three former legislators. Mtetwa’s clients did not file an affidavit as they had indicated.
“The Judge President accepted the consent order that allows the president a 30-day extension and there was no question of costs arising. Each party will bear its costs,” Goba said.
The ruling effectively means Mugabe now has until October 1 to gazette the dates for all the outstanding 38 parliamentary constituencies. — Staff Writer.