Zanu PF youth, Sybeth Musengezi, has filed a court application seeking to block the forthcoming Zanu PF elective congress.
In papers filed in court, Musengezi says the congress cannot take place as there is a pending case in the High Court in which he is challenging his leadership of the ruling party following the 2017 defacto military coup that led to the toppling of the late former president Robert Mugabe.
Musengezi argues that Zanu PF cannot hold an elective congress when Mnangagwa illegitimately landed the position of party first secretary following the coup.
Cited in the court application are Mnangagwa, the ruling party, Patrick Chinamasa and others.
Musengezi, who filed a court application seeking the removal of Mnangagwa from the post of Zanu PF leader, says there are some documents that have gone missing at the High Court in Harare.
Musengezi says some court officials have informed him that the court case is a “security sensitive” matter and therefore he can’t access certain documents. He says the documents are, infact, no longer available.
Some of the documents, says Musengezi, include those submitted by Goodson Nguni, who wants the court to stop the matter from being heard in court.
Sithole says it’s puzzling that some court documents are missing at the High Court in Harare.
Mnangagwa’s lawyers have been pressing Musengezi to drop the High Court case with some Zanu PF activists promising to take unspecified action on him.
Mnangagwa became the Zanu PF secretary in 2017 when the Zimbabwe Defence Force, ruling party supporters and others toppled then President Robert Mugabe, claiming that he was surrounded by thieves.
Musengezi claims that Mnangagwa got the post of Zanu PF first secretary without following proper procedures and therefore his elevation to that position was unconstitutional.