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Bhebhe set to Challenge By-elections Delay

FORMER Nkayi MP Abednico Bhebhe has instructed his lawyers to file a High Court application to compel President Robert Mugabe to call for by-elections in vacant constituencies throughout the country.

Bhebhe was expelled from parliament alongside two other legislators after the MDC-M wrote to the House asking for their dismissal on allegations of being sympathetic to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai-led formation of the party.

The ex-lawmaker told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that if his court application succeeds, by-elections would be held in over 20 constituencies, some of which have gone for over a year without representatives in both the House of Assembly and Senate.

Thamsanqa Khumalo, the lawyer representing Bhebhe, confirmed that he was working on the case.

“I have instructions from my client to pursue the matter on the holding of by-elections, but I cannot shed any details at the moment,” Khumalo said.

Bhebhe said he would seek a court order compelling Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to call for the by-elections.

“Parliament has long notified President Mugabe of the existing vacancies in constituencies that need by-elections but he has not acted on that,” he said. “Since he is the one who is supposed to proclaim the by-elections, this lawsuit will target him and ZEC.”

At law, Bhebhe argued, Mugabe should call for a by-election within three months of being notified of a vacancy.

 

Loughty Dube

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