Robert Mugabe scared: Gumbo

EXPELLED former Zanu PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, yesterday said President Robert Mugabe had been unsettled by the recent court challenge filed against him by Didymus Mutasa, hence his unprovoked attack on the judiciary last week.

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Mugabe last Friday warned High Court judges against presiding over the matter, saying no judge or magistrate has the power to preside over cases involving Zanu PF.

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Gumbo who jointly filed the court challenge together with former Zanu PF secretary for administration, Mutasa, said Mugabe had now turned jittery after realising that he would lose the case in which he is being challenged to nullify the outcome of the party’s December 2014 congress.

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“It is absolutely clear that he knows that he has a weak case and no judge will make a judgment in his favour, that is why he is intimidating judges,” Gumbo said.

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“It shows that Mugabe and Zanu PF are above the law.

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“We made our court case because we are satisfied that we will win.

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“It is absolutely clear that he knows that he has a weak case and no judge will make a judgment in his favour, that is why he is intimidating judges,”

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“The courts should be allowed to decide on the merits of the case, rather than intimidating them.”

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The two are seeking nullification of the congress resolutions, arguing that the constitutional changes adopted at the congress were illegal, especially clauses that gave Mugabe sweeping power to control the party.

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“He is not properly advised,” Gumbo said.

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“Their interests are in keeping their positions rather than respecting the laws of the land.

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“It is, however, up to the people of Zimbabwe and the judges not to be influenced by the intimidation.

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“There is selective justice in Zimbabwe.

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“Some favoured ones always get the best justice, while the worst goes to those unfavoured ones.

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“Justice is always manipulated to suit them.”

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Zanu PF has not yet filed its opposing papers.

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Gumbo was expelled from the party in the run-up to last December congress over his alleged involvement in a plot to kill Mugabe.

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Mutasa was expelled last month for threatening to take Mugabe to court.

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Several other party heavyweights lost their government and party positions on similar allegations.

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MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said: “This old man has got absolutely no respect for both the Constitution and also for the principle of constitutionalism.

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“He is operating like a classic tin pot dictator”. – Southern Eeye