Chamisa advised to form another party, but with the risk of losing property
FOLLOWING a High Court ruling that declared Nelson Chamisa’s ascendancy to the MDC leadership null and void, Chamisa has been advised to form another political party, but with the attendant risk that he would have to move out of the party’s headquarters and surrender its property.
The case against Nelson Chamisa’s party leadership was brought to court in September last year by Elias Mashavira, the party’s organizer in Gokwe.
Mashavira sought a declaration that Chamisa was not the party’s legitimate leader as he had not been endorsed by an extra-ordinary congress.
On March 14 of 2019, the court reserved judgment on the matter. Justice Esther Muremba of the Harare High Court ruled over the case.
Writing on social media, journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said: “Notwithstanding issues related to property, if I were Nelson Chamisa I would simply form another political party. The MDCA or dump that name altogether.
“People are following him and the causes and ideas that he represent and not a name of a political party!
“It would be truly ridiculous that the same judiciary that said a coup was legal and constitutional would today attempt to legalize political support!
“Political support can’t be legalized or gotten on the basis of a court order.
Political parties by their nature are voluntary organizations, you can’t force people to be led by someone they don’t like.
“Harvest House doesn’t belong to the MDC, so Chamisa should simply ignore the court order by not participating in a charade congress ordered by the court.
“Thokozani Khupe can hold on to the MDCT name and Chamisa can take his supporters to a new political party with a new name that clearly distinguishes it from the now toxic MDCT name.
“Hapana kana nyaya apa! An idea whose time has arrived can’t be stopped by court orders, it is the people who determine their leaders.
“At a practical level Chamisa should just appeal the high court judgement and that would automatically suspend it until the appeal case is heard.
“He can go ahead and hold his congress as planned this month whilst waiting for the appeal case to be heard.
“This in my view is a political judgment, if G40 or Robert Mugabe had gone to court on the same basis would the judge have ruled in the same way?
“The idea and court ruling instruction which directs that a new congress to chose a new leader should be held using 2014 structures is as ludicrous as it is weird!
“How do you use structures that don’t exist anymore? Do you ask those who were in those structures but have joined other parties to return back for this congress?!” Chin’ono wrote.
High Court Judge Justice Esther Muremba has ruled that MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s appointment as vice president by Morgan Tsvangirai was illegal.
The High Court has also ruled that Chamisa’s subsequent assumption of the MDC presidency following Tsvangirai death was unconstitutional, and has ordered the party to hold extraordinary congress within a month to elect a legitimate leader.
Read the High Court ruling here: FULL HIGH COURT RULING.