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Kasukuwere appeal judgment set for this Friday

Story by Fungai Jachi, Courts Reporter

THE Supreme Court has reserved judgment in a matter in which presidential aspirant Saviour Kasukuwere appealed against the High Court’s decision to disqualify him from contesting the August 23 election.

The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on the eligibility of Saviour Kasukuwere’s candidature in the August 23 general election this Friday.

Representing Kasukuwere’s legal team, Advocate Method Ndlovu gave an update on what transpired in court.

“Today, Mr Mangwana made an application arguing that the appeal is a constitutional matter and should be heard by the Constitutional Court, but the judges dismissed the application and heard the merits of the appeal. So, judgment has been set for tomorrow.”

A private citizen Mr Lovedale Mangwana had initially challenged Kasukuwere’s candidature at the High Court arguing that he was not eligible to be listed on the voters roll based on the fact he was absent in the country for more than 18 months.

Meanwhile, the High Court has dismissed an application by opposition Labour Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) leader, Linda Masarira who was challenging the decision of the Nomination Court to set aside her papers.

Masarira who was vying for presidency in the upcoming general elections had her nomination papers rejected after she failed to pay the nomination fees on time.

Masarira said she is yet to determine the course of action she will take.

“My application was dismissed with costs. The judge only read the operational part of the judgment. We will only get to know the reasons when we get a copy of the full judgment. The way forward will be determined after reading the full judgment,” she said.

Other candidates vying for the presidency are President Emmerson Mnangagwa of ZANU PF, Joseph Makamba Busha of Free Zim Congress, Nelson Chamisa of CCC, Trust Chikohora of ZCPD, Blessing Kasiyamhuru of ZIPP and Professor Lovemore Madhuku of NCA.

UZA president Elisabeth Valerio also joined the race after being cleared by the courts as a legitimate candidate.

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