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CHIEF Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has ruled as urgent an application by former Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and his nephew Temba Mliswa challenging their expulsion from the National Assembly.

Mutasa served as Headlands lawmaker while Mliswa, the now former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson was Hurungwe West MP before the acrimonious fall-out triggered by the ruling party’s divisive December 2014 congress.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com the duo’s lawyer Tafadzwa Mugabe confirmed the matter would now be heard on April 1st.

“The Chief Justice (Chidyausiku) has agreed that the matter is urgent and has been set down for hearing on April 1, that is next month,” Mugabe said.

Mutasa was deposed from his lofty position as Zanu PF’s chief administrator amid accusations he was part of a “cabal of quislings” who had connived with Western powers to assassinate President Robert Mugabe in a bid to replace the veteran Zimbabwean leader with his then deputy Joice Mujuru.

Mujuru was also expelled from her party and government positions as Mugabe’s deputy on the same charges along with then party information chief Rugare Gumbo.

No less than 18 cabinet ministers were also relieved of their duties in the brutal purge of alleged Mujuru allies that followed Zanu PF’s December congress.

As the fall-out continues, Mutasa and Mliswa were withdrawn from parliament but have since challenged the decision.

Mutasa is also challenging the legality congress, accusing President Mugabe of flouting the party constitution. The matter is still to be set for hearing in the High Court.

Meanwhile, Mliswa has vowed to retain his seat in forthcoming by-elections, arguing he retains key support including former liberation war fighters normally used by Zanu PF as shock-troopers against the opposition during elections.

Mutasa is also set to contest the Headlands seat with reports claiming as many as 22 people have shown interest to battle it out for the right to replace the two.

President Mugabe has set June 10th as the date for the two by-elections likely to be boycotted by the opposition over an unfair electoral play-field and the failure by the government to institute reforms “as demanded by the new constitution”.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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