‘Mnangagwa had no right to succeed former President Mugabe, he was fired from Zanu PF’

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The High Court ruling that has just been passed nullifying Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC-Alliance) leader Nelson Chamisa’s authority has been received with mixed reactions and sentiments.

Some Zimbabweans have taken it, mocking President Emmerson Mnangagwa of having had lost the right to succeed former president Robert Mugabe as ZANU PF leader following his expulsion from the party.

They say according to the ruling party Constitution, after Mnangagwa’s sacking from both the party and government, it was the then vice president Phelekezela Mphoko who was the only legitimate number 2.

“When Mugabe resigned according to the party Constitution Mphoko as the only deputy at that time, was the only legitimate person to take over ZANU-PF as its new leader.

“By the virtue of having had been fired, Mnangagwa lost the right to succeed Mugabe, had it not been through a coup,” said a former youth leader at district level who was aligned to the G40, who declined to be named.

Mugabe succumbed to pressure and resigned after a motion had been moved to impeach him. This left the both the ruling party and country to spend days on autopilot without a leader, with Mphoko on the run from the coup plotters, while Mnangagwa was in self imposed exile in South Africa.

Meanwhile, some members of the public in various social circles have since joined the fray, mocking Mnangagwa saying Mphoko is indeed the legitimate leader.

Even hardcore, thoughtless and stupid Zanu-PF members will find this High Court decision irrational and embarrassing! Let’s ask the same judge to use the same gymnastics to tell us who is the legitimate president of Zimbabwe! Jonathan Moyo

Imagine if Mugabe or the G40 had gone to Court to argue that Mnangagwa had been illegally appointed President of ZANU PF in December 2017 after the violent ouster of Mugabe. It is hard to imagine any Zimbabwean Court being bold enough to rule as they have today against the MDC. David Coltart.

As the MDC, we do not recognize or respect a judgement from biased and junta controlled judiciary. Chamisa is giving the junta and its goons in the judiciary sleepless nights. ED hapana chozikwana, it’s just rhetoric

Those who dream of a different MDC must just form theirs, it is allowed. The MDC is the people’s project & us the people determine what happens or doesn’t happen at the party. We are happy with our party. We are happy with. Patson Dzamara.

This is the same court that said a military coup was constitutional and that a sitting president could not fire a deputy president he appointed. Laughable judiciary capture!

Zanu PF through the captured judiciary can’t impose a leader on MDC. It’s pathetic abuse of judiciary by ED and his military cousins! Pedzisai Ruhanya

The High Court has nullified the appointment of Nelson Chamisa as the MDC president It also said the party should hold Congress within a month using 2014 structures. legal minds what’s the implication for that ruling? Zenzele

Justice Esther Muremba of the Harare High Court rules that Nelson Chamisa’s appointment as vice president and subsequent assumption of the MDC presidency following Tsvangirai death was unconstitutional, orders party to hold extraordinary congress within a month. ZimLive

Congress here we come. This judgement will not deter us. We remain focused on. When all else has failed they then resort to using the courts to come up with the most absurd judgements. Miriam Mushayi.

The ruling had nothing to do with procedure, rather the standing of the person who brought it to court, that’s not a procedural issue, is it. Also, go through Tsvangirai’s affidavit which was before the court. Nqaba Matshazi

What effect will the ruling have on @MDCAllianceZW resolutions made with @nelsonchamisa presiding as President? Will the upcoming Congress nullify this ruling or will the Congress nominations be challenged? Temba Mliswa

— ZW


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