Supreme Court Sets Mugabe Hearing Date

“Take notice that the application will be heard and determined by the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe at Harare on Thursday 05 July at 930am and thereafter counsel may be heard,” the registrar of Supreme Court wrote to Ndaba Mazibuko a lawyer who represents former three former MPs who are demanding by-elections.

In October last year Bulawayo High Court Judge Nicholas Ndou ordered Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce, dates for by-elections in Nkayi South, Lupane East, and Bulilima East. The three constituencies fell vacant in 2009 after expulsion of three Members of Parliament, namely Abdnenico Bhebhe, Njabuliso Mguni, and Norman Mpofu by the Welshman Ncube led MDC on allegations of aligning themselves to  MDC-T.

Mugabe then appealed against the High Court order in the Supreme Court.

No by-elections have held since the unity government was installed in February 2009 despite vacancies created by death and party infighting.

More than 30 legislative seats now stand vacant since the formation of the Zimbabwe inclusive government.

Although Mugabe is appealing against holding of by-elections, he has been insisting on elections this year, saying the principals in the inclusive government do not have the people’s mandate to continue extending the life of the Global Political Agreement.

But Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and a smaller faction of MDC led by Welshman Ncube, that is also part of the tripartite ruling coalition, have resisted the calls for new polls, saying Zimbabwe must first adopt a new constitution and implement several democratic reforms to ensure the next vote will be free and fair. They have said elections could be postponed until 2013 to give the coalition government time to implement all required reforms.