Former Zimbabwean minister and presidential hopeful, Saviour Kasukuwere, has demanded a fresh nomination court process for the upcoming elections, but constitutional lawyers have dismissed his claims as impossible.
Kasukuwere’s appeal against a High Court decision that disqualified him from contesting the polls was recently dismissed by the Supreme Court. He has since appealed the ruling at the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) and vowed that the elections won’t proceed without his name on the ballot paper.
“The presidential ballot papers cannot be legally and legitimately printed without strict and peremptory compliance with section 107 as read together with section 108 of the Electoral Act,” Kasukuwere said in a statement.
However, legal experts have dismissed his demands as baseless and lacking any legal backing.
“There is no law for what he is asking. Both the Constitution and the Electoral Act do not provide for his wishes,” said constitutional law expert James Tsabora.
Kasukuwere’s demands can only be determined in a court of law, said Lawyer Nqobani Sithole.
Yesterday, the ConCourt heard Kasukuwere’s application in which he is seeking leave for direct access to the court. Kasukuwere said he was disappointed by Supreme Court judges who upheld his disqualification.
“I contend that the Supreme Court rendered a decision, in a constitutional matter, whose effect is to infringe on my right to the protection of the law,” Kasukuwere submitted.
Will Kasukuwere’s demands be met? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for more updates!