The History Behind MDC Supreme Court Judgment

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By Staff Reporter

CHIEF JUSTICE Luke Malaba’s Supreme Court ruling today declaring Nelson Chamisa was not the legitimate President of the MDC, was an appeal made by the now dethroned opposition leader against a High Court ruling that had also confirmed that he was not the legitimate MDC president.

The application was filed last year at the High Court by Elias Mashavira, an MDC Gokwe Sesame member.

In the judgment last year, High Court judge Edith Mushore found Chamisa not be the legitimate president. He further nullified late founding MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s 2016 appointment of Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as deputy presidents.

The ruling ordered the MDC to return to its 2014 structures and conduct an extra-ordinary congress within the next three months to elect a party leadership as dictated by their constitution.

Chamisa appealed against the ruling at the Supreme Court.

Following Tsvangirai’s death in 2018, Chamisa railroaded party organs to declare him acting president as a temporary measure to fill up the leadership vacuum creating fierce fights with Khupe and Mudzuri who were also eyeing the position.

A congress was held in Gweru last year where Chamisa was elected president unopposed.

The Supreme Court ruling means Khupe is now the acting president of the MDC with Morgen Komichi as deputy chairperson and Douglas Mwonzora, famed for defeating Chamisa in 2014 retains the post of secretary general.