Court upholds Tsvangirai ally as speaker of Zim parly

2010-03-09 14:12

ZIMBABWE’S high court today threw out a bid by an ally of President

Robert Mugabe to nullify the election of the speaker of parliament from rival

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party.

High court judge Bharat Patel dismissed the application by former

information minister Jonathan Moyo, who claimed that the election of speaker

Lovemore Moyo was flawed.

“The applicants have failed to establish any justification, either

as regards the general conduct of the impugned election or with respect to the

secrecy of the votes cast or otherwise, for setting aside or nullifying the

election of the speaker of the house of assembly,” Patel said in his


“The application is dismissed,” the judge said.

Former minister Moyo filed the challenge in 2008 to contest the

election of Lovemore Moyo, the first parliamentary speaker not from Mugabe’s


Jonathan Moyo had argued in court that the voting was chaotic and


Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party lost its parliamentary majority for the

first time since independence in 1980, when Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic

Change (MDC) won legislative elections two years ago.

The presidential vote failed to produce a clear winner, after

Tsvangirai won the first round but pulled out of a run-off, citing deadly

attacks against his supporters.

The dispute eventually led to the formation of a unity government

one year ago, which is meant to draft a new constitution and pave the way to

fresh polls.


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