MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora this morning confirmed our report that he met with Chief Justice Luke Malaba together with the party’s vice president Elias Mudzuri.
Mwonzora criticised Kukurigo’s reporting of the meeting as “below the belt” and said there were good reasons why he met with the top judge.
“I do not dispute the factual issue of meeting with the Chief Justice, what I must dispute and place on record is that I am not a Zanu PF project,” Mwonzora said.
“I have never been anybody’s project. I have always acted in the best interests of my party and the people of Zimbabwe. Various aspersions being cast against me emanate from the fact the we have a pending congress. It is part of a smear campaign.”
He also challenged the accuracy of claims that he met with Malaba to offer an apology for the heckling the Chief Justice was subjected to in the National Assembly on the 11th of September:
“In the fullness of time I am going to avail to all concerned the exact nature and proceedings of the meeting in question. I am confident that when members of the MDC, in particular, get to know the truth they will thank me.”
An MDC legislator who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals rejected Mwonzora’s explanation and accused him of trying to curry favour with Malaba.
“The MDC is full of lawyers and if you are a lawyer and you secretly go to the Chief Justice you are clearly trying to distance yourself from your colleagues who are also officers of the court,” the legislator said.
“As a lawyer Mwonzora should also understand that parliament and the judiciary are separate arms of government. Parliament can criticise the judiciary forcefully. The most important point is that his trip to Malaba was not sanctioned by the president.”