Mnangagwa sued over truth commission

Mnangagwa sued over truth commission
Published: 09 February 2018 (186 Views)
THE ZIMBABWE Human Rights NGO Forum has taken President Emmerson Mnangagwa to court to compel him to appoint a substantive chairperson of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) before the constitutional body embarks on public hearings countrywide.

The NPRC was planning to start the hearings today with visits by two teams to Gwanda and Bindura as the government begins to act on the emotive Gukurahundi issue, among other concerns.

But, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, through its executive director, Blessing Gorejena, said the exercise might end up being considered futile if Mnangagwa did not appoint a substantive chairperson as required by law.

"The first respondent (Mnangagwa) has acted unlawfully and, moreover, has failed in his constitutional duty to respect and uphold the Constitution of Zimbabwe by failing or neglecting to appoint a chairperson of the NPRC who is qualified as required by the Constitution," Gorejena said in his founding affidavit.

Gorejena said when Mnangagwa signed the NPRC Bill into law on January 5, he appointed Lillian Chigwedere, who had earlier been the deputy to the then acting chairperson Bishop Ambrose Moyo, as the acting chairperson.

"Effectively, Chigwedere is acting as the chairperson at this point in time. To complete the picture, the other commissioners are given as Patience Chiradza, Choice Ndoro, Charles Masunungure, Geoffrey Chada, Leslie Ncube and Godfrey Chekenyere," he said.

"While Chigwedere may be qualified to act in the absence of the chairperson, the situation that we are presented with here is not one where she is acting because the chairperson is absent for one reason or another. It is that the first respondent has neglected to carry out his constitutional duty of appointing a qualified person to serve as a chairperson of the NPRC. Since the death of Cyril Ndebele, the NPRC has sought to plod on without a qualified person in the chair."

In the application, the NGO Forum has cited in their official capacities, Mnangagwa and Attorney-General Prince Machaya as well as the NPRC as respondents.

Meanwhile, the NPRC hearings have since been suspended following the urgent chamber application by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum questioning the roll-out of the hearings without a substantive NPRC chairperson.

"The NPRC received a notice of an urgent chamber application filed by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum interdicting the commission from ‘undertaking any stakeholder engagements or any work that it is mandated by the Constitution to carry out' until a substantive chairperson of the commission has been appointed," Chigwedere said in a statement.

"As a result, the NPRC hereby notifies the nation of Zimbabwe that the provincial consultations that were scheduled for February 9 in Matabeleland South Province (Gwanda) and Mashonaland Central Province (Bindura) have been postponed to a date to be advised."

- newsday

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Tomorrow is D-day for Zimbabwe

by Luke Tamborinyoka | 21 August 2018 | 188 Views

Mnangagwa begs court to declare him winner

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 320 Views

Chamisa issues out a warning, 'it's me, myself and I only'

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 289 Views

Book unpacks racial, tribal discrimination

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 91 Views

ZCTU offices shooting condemned

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 125 Views

Factionalism rears ugly head in Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 131 Views

Bosso players letting Ariel down

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 60 Views

Bukkie wrapped in 'snacks' smugglers appear in SA courts

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 91 Views

Govts urged to install female chiefs

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 56 Views

'Reduce presidential aspirants age limit to 30'

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 83 Views

10 eye Mutare mayoral post

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 43 Views

MDC Alliance candidate appears in court

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 79 Views

Zimbabwe: In pursuit of a never-coming democracy

by Learnmore Zuze | 21 August 2018 | 82 Views

Jumbos harass villagers

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 59 Views

Youth participation in elections hailed

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 51 Views

Simbisa to expand Nando's footprint countrywide

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 51 Views

Mnangagwa must resign or face humiliation

by Kennedy Kaitano | 21 August 2018 | 124 Views

Chamisa too hot to handle

by Pardon Maguta | 21 August 2018 | 97 Views

Political grandstanding will not sanitise Mnangagwa legitimacy

by Editorial - newsday | 21 August 2018 | 78 Views

Chamisa's foreign lawyers cornered

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 105 Views

Mnangagwa scoffs at Chamisa's sugar expert report

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 83 Views

Chamisa gnaws at Mnangagwa results

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 71 Views

Mine collapse kills on injures three

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 63 Views

It never rains but pours for Undenge

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 54 Views

Chamisa anxious

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 107 Views

Zanu-PF youths reposses cars from former party MPs

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 60 Views

MDC Alliance neglects jailed cop killers

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 33 Views

Chamisa's message to SADC 'negotiate peaceful Mnangagwa exit'

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 73 Views

ZBC demands $13,000 for Con-Court poll challenge live feed

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 34 Views

Zimbabwe state security agents assault human rights lawyer

by Stephen Jakes | 21 August 2018 | 38 Views

Cross is a pathological lair - Ruhanya

by Stephen Jakes | 21 August 2018 | 35 Views

PicknPay protesters to appear in court

by Stephen Jakes | 21 August 2018 | 31 Views

ConCourt has a task to determine ZEC errors

by Stephen Jakes | 21 August 2018 | 46 Views

'Mnangagwa not appointed chair of SADC Troika'

by Stephen Jakes | 21 August 2018 | 42 Views

Chamisa to humiliate Mnangagwa at Con-Court

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 43 Views

Chamisa's expart lawyers refused to submit their CVs

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 44 Views

Bulawayo congratulates Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 21 August 2018 | 30 Views

Reflections on a captured Zimbabwean state

by Tazvi Gamz | 21 August 2018 | 71 Views