Mwonzora blames ‘inept’ lawyers for High Court loss
...blasts Jonathan Moyo for party divisions
…accuses some MDC officials of employing Mugabe tactics
MDC secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, has blasted lawyers that represented his party in the High Court case filed by a Gokwe man Elias Mashavire, and blamed them for a shoddy job that led to the court nullifying party leader, Nelson Chamisa’s leadership.
Mwonzora had no kind words to the lawyers saying they slept on the job and cost the party.
“The sad reality is that part of the judgement is based on certain technicalities that our lawyers didn’t attend to. For example, the lawyers representing me never recorded an affidavit from me. That is basic and they let us down. Where people have lost a case because of that, they shouldn’t blame anybody. What is true is this case was ineptly handled and I can prove that. I have said to my leaders we have to rethink on our lawyers,” Mwonzora said.
He said the lawyers failed on basic issues leading to the loss, a position contrary to Chamisa and other party officials’ assertion that pointed fingers at the judiciary.
Chamisa and other party officials have blamed the judiciary accusing it of being captured by the executive.
Mwonzora said lawyers should exercise their duties diligently and not be used by political actors.
“I just want to appeal to younger lawyers that their duty is to the law and not to politics, politics is for us. They must be thorough,” he fumed.
He flatly denied accusations that he was behind Mashavire’s application saying he was actually sued as well in his capacity as secretary general.
“I do not know why people think that when l was also being sued. This is coming from people who always want to find a scapegoat. This is a style of Mugabe who always found someone to blame. If he fails on the economy, he blames sanctions, whenever things went wrong, it was somebody else.”
On a statement from former Zanu PF politburo member, Professor Jonathan Moyo that his political career will end at congress Mwonzora said: “If you see the devil preaching the bible, you must be very afraid. What interest does Jonathan Moyo have in the MDC? In fact that is the basis of the problem we have in the MDC, non-members fanning divisions in the party. Saying I am finished is underestimating me. Remember what happened in 2014, I had one nomination out of 12 and I won,” he said in apparent refference to his victory against Chamisa for the secretary general's post.
Mashavire, MDC secretary for Gokwe -Sesame district, made a High Court application challenging Chamisa’s leadership and his July 2016 appointment as party vice president by the late party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
The High Court ruled that the party should go for an extraordinary congress within a month with the 2014 structures and Thokozani Khupe has since assumed the leadership position.
However Chamisa’s camp insists they are going ahead with their congress set for the Midlands capital, Gweru, next week.
Chamisa assumed the leadership role in the MDC under a cloud following Tsvangirai’s death in February last year.
The MDC Alliance wants to appeal to the High Court Judgement and has engaged lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu.