‘Polls challenge test case for judiciary’

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora has described his party’s imminent court application challenging Zanu PF’s controversial victory in last Wednesday’s general elections as a test case for the country’s judiciary.

Herbert Moyo

Speaking to the Zimbabwe Independent on Tuesday, Mwonzora said his party was the victim of so much injustice in the past but is forging ahead with the court challenge tomorrow on Thursday or Friday morning with the fervent belief that justice will prevail due to the overwhelming mass of evidence their lawyers have put together.

“We can understand scepticism of some people but we will present our case without fear,” Mwonzora said. “It is not the MDC-T which is on trial but Zanu PF, the security services, traditional chiefs and the electoral officers.

“This is also a trial for purposes of the record so it is up to the judges to be just or unjust.”

Mwonzora gave an outline of the issues around which the MDC-T court case would be built, ranging from the “unlawful and unconstitutional” involvement of chiefs, and security forces in the electoral process to the withholding of the voters’ roll from his party by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede.

Mwonzora also said his party was aggrieved by the “massive fraud” involving the issuing of fake voter registration slips by the Zanu PF-held ministry of youth and indigenisation.

“Zanu PF officials, security forces and some chiefs forced villagers to feign illiteracy so that they could vote on their behalf,” Mwonzora said.