Zimbabwe in constitutional crisis as Supreme Court nullifies Speaker's election

Harare, – Robert Mugabe's Supreme court ruled Thursday that the election of Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo in 2008 as head of the House of Assembly was null and void, a judgement which is set to cause confusion in the unity government formed over two years ago.\r\n

Moyo’s election to the top legislature post in August 2008 was challenged by Tsholotsho North MP, Jonathan Moyo who argued that the ballot process was marred by irregularities. Despite losing in the High Court, the Tsholotsho North legislature who was recently joined and admitted back into the Zanu (PF) politburo went to the highest court, the Supreme Court to challenge Lovemore Moyo’s appointment.

"The Supreme Court ruled that the election of Lovemore Moyo as Speaker of Parliament is null and void," a top aide of the Speaker of Parliament said on Thursday.

Lovemore Moyo is a legislature from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. He was elected MP for Matobo North constituency in 2008 parliamentary elections. In 2006; he succeeded Isaac Matongo as National Chairman of the MDC.

Efforts to get comment from Lovemore Moyo’s lawyer, Chris Mhike of Artherstone and Cook were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.