29 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Tries to Influence Court's Decision

press release

The MDC is disturbed by Zanu PF Matabeleland South Province's decision to disengage from JOMIC activities citing frivolous reasons that they can only do so after the finalisation of Morgan Ncube, MDC Mat South Youth Assembly chairperson's case for allegedly insulting Zanu PF's Robert Mugabe.

A letter in possession of the MDC by Andrew Langa, Zanu PF provincial Jomic representative confirms this development.

Morgan Ncube has already been arraigned before the Courts,granted bail by a Bulawayo High Court Judge yesterday pending trial at the Plumtree Magistrates court on 6 July 2012.

The MDC is aware that the legal position is that when a matter has been brought before Courts, it does not suspend any JOMIC activities unless there is an indictment by the Courts.

The MDC is aware that Zanu PF does not have tangible reasons for pulling out except to try and scuttle the operations of the peace-monitoring body. The MDC as a party is not surprised by Zanu PF's threats as its political commissar, Webster Shamu early this month issued a warning that the sunset party intended to paralyse Jomic operations. Zanu PF views JOMIC as a stumbling block in its bid to engage in violent acts reminiscent to those experienced in 2008.

The People's Party of Excellence urges the SADC-appointed team seconded to JOMIC and begin their work. Zimbabweans want peace and expect the relevant statutes enacted to ensure peace-building in the country are adhered to without fear or favour.

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