High court sets hearing date for Kasukuwere

Review & Mail writer

A legal case between Zimbabwean citizen Lovedale Mangwana and presidential aspirant Saviour Kasukuwere has been scheduled for a hearing on June 29 at the High Court, as reported by a local publication.

The matter will be presided over by Justice Mangota.

Mangwana recently filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court, questioning the legality of Kasukuwere’s candidacy. The basis of his argument is that Kasukuwere, by not being a resident in any constituency in Zimbabwe for over 18 consecutive months, is in violation of Section 91(1)(c) of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, as well as Section 24 and (3) of the Electoral Act.

According to the Electoral Act, Kasukuwere’s name cannot be retained on the voter’s roll under the current circumstances, rendering his nomination invalid.

Part of the urgent chamber application states:

“The application is made on the grounds that on June 22, 2023, the Nomination Court sat following the announcement of the general election date (August 23, 2023). The first respondent (Kasukuwere) submitted his nomination paper before the Nomination Court to be accepted as a candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Zimbabwe in the forthcoming elections. However, the decision of the Nomination Court violates section 91 (1) (c) and (d) as read with paragraph 1 (2) of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, 2013, together with section 23 and (3) of the Electoral Act. Specifically, the first respondent is not a registered voter as he has not been a resident in any constituency in Zimbabwe for a period exceeding 18 consecutive months, and his name cannot be retained on the voter’s roll due to this circumstance.”

Kasukuwere, a former Central Intelligence Operative and member of the self-exiled G40 faction, successfully filed his nomination papers last Wednesday with the assistance of his election agent, Harare lawyer Jackie Sande. He is one of the eleven candidates accepted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Kasukuwere’s declaration of intent to contest as an independent candidate appears to have caused unease within the perceived factions of Zanu-PF..

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