Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MDC youths elated by court ruling

Bulawayo-MDC youths are elated by the High Court’s relief ordering Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to stop masquerading as the party’s president.

High Court judge Justice Nicholas Ndou last Wednesday granted interim relief to the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, who was the first applicant, and secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (second applicant) which interdicted Mutambara from exercising any function vested in the president of the party, until the finalisation of the case.

A faction loyal to Mutambara (respondent) is challenging the rise of Ncube to the MDC presidency.

MDC youth assembly secretary-general Discent Collins Bajila yesterday said they were delighted with the High Court order.

“We are elated by the High Court’s decision to bar, ban and exclude Mutambara from masquerading as MDC president,” he said.

“In our view, the High Court has reaffirmed the decision of congress that Mutambara is no longer fit to lead any institution. We thus hope that it will now dawn on President Robert Mugabe that Mutambara is even unfit to lead anywhere on this earth.”

He said Zanu PF was the one causing confusion in their party.

“We are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that this entire hullabaloo is because of Zanu PF’s interference in the internal politics of our party,” said Bajila.

President Mugabe has refused to fire Mutambara to pave way for Ncube. He is reported to have categorically refused to appoint Ncube as deputy premier in place of Mutambara.

Bajila said they did not believe there was any leadership dispute in the party as all matters regarding the life of the MDC for the next five years were concluded at congress in January.

He said Mutambara’s allegations of procedure not being followed at the congress were baseless.

“While many people have been fooled into believing that the absence of certain people at congress made it unconstitutional, as Mutambara has said, the truth is to the contrary,” he said.

“Mutambara himself was elected into office in the absence of the then president Morgan Tsvangirai, the three incumbent chairpersons namely Isaac Matongo (national), Lucia Matibenga (women) and Nelson Chamisa (youth) and 31 other national council members. Therefore there was nothing unconstitutional about Ncube’s election as it was done more carefully than Mutambara’s.”

Bajila added they applauded the “wisdom of the MDC national council” when it resolved to “donate Mutambara to Zanu PF”.

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