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Zimbabwe High Court nullifies Kasukuwere candidature



THE Zimbabwean High Court in Harare has barred independent presidential election candidate Saviour Kasukuwere, the X Factor in the crucial 23 August poll, from contesting, confirming President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mortal fear of the former Zanu PF political commissar, MP and minister who is backed by the security forces.

In a judgement read on behalf of the presiding judge Justice David Mangota, Justice Never Katiyo nullified Kasukuwere’s nomination ruling that he should stop “masquerading as a candidate”.

Last week High Court Justice David Mangota on Friday reserved judgment in a case in which Zanu PF activist Lovedale Mangwana is seeking to stop independent presidential candidate Savior Kasukuwere from contesting the elections on 23 August.

Advocate Lewis Uriri and Advocate Edley Mubaiwa represented Mangwana while Advocate Method Ndhlovu and Advocate Reginald Mutero argued for Kasukuwere.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, who were both cited together with Kasukuwere as respondents, did not oppose Mangwana’s application.

Zec indicated it would abide by the court ruling while Ziyambi did not file opposing papers.
Harare lawyer Jacqueline Sande, who is Kasukuwere’s chief election agent, wrote on Twitter that the case will fall away.-STAFF WRITER

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