LAWYERS representing President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the case in which his legitimacy and ascendancy to power is being challenged have written to Zanu PF activist, Sybeth Musengezi’s lawyers demanding that he withdraws the case.
In a notice dated November 11, Mnangagwa’s lawyers from Dube, Manikai and Hwacha Legal Practitioners accuse Sybeth Musengezi of political grandstanding and seeking relevance by abusing the law.
“The respectful stance taken by our clients (which we agree with) is that your client has no case, and the present application is devoid of merit, has been brought for ulterior motives and illicit purposes, including seeking the glory of publicity and for political purpose” the lawyers wrote.
The lawyers who are representing Mnangagwa and five others in the case went on to give the complainant a seven-day ultimatum to unconditionally withdraw the case.
“It is therefore advisable for your client to withdraw his application unconditionally at this stage, tendering wasted costs, to avoid further abuse of process and privilege and forcing the respondents to incur additional costs defending the spurious and vexatious matter,” the letter reads.
“This proposal is open for acceptance by your client and yourselves within seven days of the date of this letter, after which it should be treated as having been withdrawn and of no force and effect, unless extended prior to the expiry,” they further wrote.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe, complainant’s lawyer Alec Muchadehama confirmed receiving the letter but said they are yet to respond to it.
“The letter is authentic. They wrote the letter and we received it but we are yet to respond to what they wrote in the letter,” he said.
Musengezi is challenging the process that led to Mnangagwa’s rise to the helm of the party and country.
Prior to the current development, Zanu PF and Mnangagwa’s lawyers argued that Mnangagwa was immune to prosecution since he is a seating president and that Musengezi took long to bring his case before the courts.