THE cases in which 21former MDC Renewal MPs were challenging their dismissal from Parliament hit a snag after Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, assisted by the full Constitutional Court bench, on Tuesday dismissed it with costs for lack of merit.

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Chidyausiku said the decision was unanimously agreed upon by the nine constitutional court judges.
\n“After considering the papiers filed in this matter and hearing submissions by both counsels, the court unanimously agreed that the application has no merit and is hereby dismissed with costs,” Chisyaudiku said

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The decision implies that by-elections will continue on June 16 as scheduled in a plebiscite being boycotted by all major opposition parties unhappy with the electoral field of play which they argue is highly skewed in favour of the ruling party, ZANU-PF.

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The ruling party has rubbished such claims as a mere publicity stunt and has launched a spirited campaign despite the absence of meaningful challenge.

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The 21 were dismissed from parliament after they broke away from the mainstream opposition MDC-T to form their own. A fortnight ago, Justice Chidyausiku also dismissed a similar case involving former ZANU-PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa and Temba Mliswa, the former chairman for ZANU-PF’s Mashonaland West province.