ConCourt: Khupe’s application is urgent, case before a full bench on May 30

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DEPUTY Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza on Friday ruled that MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe’s constitutional court application has merit and is urgent.

The ConCourt case challenges Khupe’s ejection from parliament.

According to Justice Gwaunza, “the matter will be argued in open court before a full bench of the ConCourt on May 30, 2018.”

Following the hearing, ‘dismissed’ MDC-T national spokesperson Obert Gutu said, “We will take this issue to the wire. Nothing will be left to chance. We are taking ABSOLUTELY no prisoners.”

Khupe, former MDC-T Proportional Representation MP, was expelled from Parliament almost a fortnight ago after the disputed presidential post issue reached a climax leading to the purported ‘legitimate’ President Nelson Chamisa writing to Speaker Jacob Mudenda saying she had ceased to represent the party in the house.

After being recalled, Khupe immediately through her lawyer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku, challenged Chamisa and filed her application to the ConCourt.

The Court, according to Madhuku, “should determine if parliament fulfilled its Constitutional mandate of ensuring that a seat of a Member of Parliament can only be lost strictly in accordance with the Constitution.”

Khupe has another court case which has a judgment reserved for next Tuesday at the Bulawayo High Court. In this case, MDC-T is seeking an interim order barring Khupe from using the MDC-T name and symbol (s).

Meanwhile, the MDC-T extra-ordinary congress called for by Khupe is going ahead on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Bulawayo.

Gutu, in a statement issued on Friday said; “Contrary to reports that the congress has been cancelled; kindly ignore the fake news that is being spread by agents of tyranny, violence and confusion.”

The Bulawayo MDC-T youth assembly chairperson Mlandu Ncube has labelled Saturday’s gathering as “bogus.”

“Commander Bvondo (national youth chairperson-Happymore Chidziva) has not issued any notice of a congress and the party through the secretary general (Douglas Mwonzora) has not communicated the same,” said Ncube.

MDC-T leadership crisis arose soon after the death of its President Morgan Tsvangirai on 14 February this year following a long battle with colon cancer.