HIGH Court Judge Justice Edith Mushore, who two weeks ago ruled that Nelson Chamisa’s presidency of the MDC was null and void, has refused to grant an interdict stopping the MDC Congress.
Justice Mushore ruled that the application by Maureen Tawengwa, who was a secretary for Gokwe Sesame under the 2014 structure, was not urgent.
Tawengwa yesterday filed a High Court application through her lawyer, Ashel Mutungura, seeking an order to stop the MDC congress from going ahead.
The application came after High Court judge Justice Edith Mushore early this month ruled as illegal the way Chamisa and co-vice-president Elias Mudzuri were appointed by the opposition party’s late founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.
The MDC family has welcomed the ruling.
“MDC 5th Congress unstoppable as High Court dismisses urgent application by the Gokwe appplicants,” the party said on its Twitter handle.
Tawengwa has cited the nomination of alleged non-members, among them Tendai Biti, Settlement Chikwinya and Jacob Mafume.
She alleged that the cited members broke away from the main MDC in 2014 and formed their own party, the People’s Democratic Party.
Other reasons include alleged fraud in the way the provincial congresses were held, with several irregularities that reportedly disenfranchised other members.
Irregularities cited were ballot staffing and conducting the congresses in the middle of the night, apart from using party members “who are conflicted” to run the polls.
Tawengwa said article 5.5.2 of the party’s constitution highlighted that people who desert the party should go through probation before they are considered for nomination, which she said did not happen.
Her application will be heard on a non-urgent basis.
More to follow…