Court dismisses application to remove Mugabe
Publish date: 13 February 2017
Issue Number: 714
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has dismissed an application filed by a social rights activist challenging President Robert Mugabe's fitness to remain in office. A TimesLIVE report notes that Promise Mkwananzi, leader of a social movement calling itself #Tajamuka, approached the court last year seeking a declaration that Mugabe was no longer suitable to continue as President, arguing that he was wilfully violating citizens' rights. However, the full Constitutional Court Bench led by Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba unanimously agreed to dismiss the application 'on the basis that the respondent was wrongly served with court papers'. Mkwananzi's attorney, Kudzai Kadzere, said his client was determined to pursue the case.
Meanwhile, protest pastor Evan Mawarire was granted 'conditional' bail in the Harare High Court. He was arrested when he unexpectedly returned to Zimbabwe on 1 February after fleeing to the US last year. Following his return, he was immediately arrested at the Harare International Airport and was denied bail in the Magistrate’s Court. A report on the IoL site note that he is required to report to the police twice a week and hand in his passport. He is charged with trying to 'subvert a constitutionally elected' government.