Ousted Speaker of the Zimbabwean Parliament Lovemore Moyo says the Supreme Court ruling last week rescinding his 2008 election was politically-motivated, accusing some of the Justices who presided over the case of supporting ZANU-PF.
The Supreme Court annulled Moyo’s election as House Speaker saying the ballot was fraudulent, following an appeal by ZANU-PF Member of Parliament for Tsholotsho, Jonathan Moyo against an earlier verdict by the High Court.
Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, Justice Vernanda Ziyambi and Justice Paddington Garwe gave the majority verdict ousting Moyo, while Justice Luke Malaba and Justice Wilson Sandura dissented.
Moyo, chairman of the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says the Supreme Court judgment was aimed at “smuggling back ZANU-PF through the back door into power, or at the helm of Parliament.”
Elections for the next Speaker are expected on March 22 when Parliament opens as the House cannot transact any business without a Speaker.
Moyo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that he will stand in the next election and hopes he regains his position. The MDC wing led by Industry Minister Welshman Ncube says it will also contest the upcoming House Speaker poll.
Click here for the longer version of our interview with former House Speaker Lovemore Moyo