March 23, 2005

THE GRIP SLIPS:

Zimbabwe Appeals Electoral Court Ruling on Jailed Parliamentarian (Tendai Maphosa, 23 March 2005, VOA News)

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn a electoral court ruling that a jailed member of parliament can participate in the March 31 parliamentary election.

The appeal pits the chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Judge George Chiweshe as one of the applicants against Judge Tendai Uchena of the Electoral Court.

Earlier this month, Judge Uchena ruled that Roy Bennett an opposition Movement for Democratic Change legislator serving a prison sentence for a scuffle in parliament, can stand in his constituency from his prison cell.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2005 8:10 AM
Comments

The courts of Zimbabwe have ruled against Mugabe before. They did have a well-trained, independent judiciary. He's been trying to tame and destroy them, though.

Posted by: John Thacker at March 23, 2005 3:32 PM
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