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MDC Alliance Demands Apology From Ziyambi

The MDC Alliance has called on Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi to apologize and retract remarks he made following the High Court ruling on decision by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to extend Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s tenure.

In a statement, MDC Alliance secretary for legal affairs, Innocent Gonese said the Minister’s statements were contemptuous and intemperate.

“We are extremely concerned that the Executive in  general and the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in particular, saw it fit to issue an intemperate and contemptuous statement against the judges who presided over this important matter, civic society and the MDC Alliance.

“We call upon the Minister to retract and apologize for his unfounded allegations and for scandalizing the court. We further demand that he be held to account for his unethical and dangerous remarks that threaten the independence of the judiciary and the constitutional right to protection of the law,” said Gonese.

Meanwhile, Gonese said the Alliance welcomes the High Court ruling as it maintained the non-negotiable tenets of democracy.

“The MDC Alliance welcomes the recent ruling by a panel of three judges of the High Court on the unlawfulness of the purported extension of former Chief Justice Malaba’s tenure as Head of the Judiciary. We believe the ideals of Constitutionalism, the rule of law, separation of powers, judicial independence and good governance. These values are not negotiable as they serve to deepen our democracy. It was important for the High Court to uphold them,” said Gonese

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He added “We believe that the undue haste with which the Constitutional Amendment Bills were handled is an indication that they were intended to achieve a sinister objective that does not enhance our democracy. Rather the amendments undo the will of the people as expressed in a nationwide referendum and the painstaking work that led to the crafting of our Constitution.

“Respect for the will of the people demands that any process of amendment must be consultative and inclusive as opposed to the unilateralism that has been exhibited by the Minister of Justice and the Executive. It is our respectful view that the Constitutional Amendments are fraught with illegalities, which illegalities were pointed out by our MPs in Parliament and by a number of citizens during the public hearing process. The people’s right to be heard must be respected.”

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