Mugabe comes for the judges who banned demos

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President Mugabe has said judges who sanction political demonstrations in the face of strong evidence that the protests will generate into violence are negligent and reckless.

Speaking on opposition-led violence that occurred in Harare on August 26, 2016 after the High Court allowed the demonstrators to take to the streets; the President said the judiciary should have treaded carefully following disturbances witnessed two days earlier.

On social media abuse, President Mugabe said, “We all have a role to play in promoting brand Zimbabwe, the image of Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwe that is democratic, hardworking and peaceful.

Meanwhile, Harare High Court judge, Justice Priscilla Chigumba, today faces an acid test when she presides over an urgent chamber application filed by opposition parties and Harare residents last week challenging the legality of the police ban on all demonstrations in the central business district until September 16.

This comes against a background of a strong warning by President Robert Mugabe, who on Saturday described judges as “negligent and reckless” for sanctioning political demonstrations against his Zanu PF government, in the past few weeks.

Lawyer and opposition People’s Democratic Party leader, Tendai Biti, who filed the legal challenge, accused Mugabe of intimidating the judiciary and violating the Constitution.

Human rights defenders and opposition parties yesterday cried foul over President Robert Mugabe’s unrestrained attack on the judiciary, saying the move amounted to Executive interference and muzzling of judiciary independence.

Respected lawyer and former Harare mayor, Muchadeyi Masunda, said the four pillars of government have been emasculated since 1980 to the point that they were now compromised.

Source – Sunday Mail

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