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President Mugabe Still to Comply With Supreme Court Ruling on By-Elections

With just 10 days to go, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has yet to comply with a Supreme Court ruling compelling him to proclaim three parliamentary by-elections.

The court ruled last month that Mugabe should gazette dates for the elections in three constituencies - Nkayi South, Lupane East and Bulilima East by August 30.

There are close to 30 vacant seats in the House of Assembly and the Senate but the court ruling only directly affects the three Matabeleland seats.

Former legislators, Norman Mpofu, Njabuliso Mguni and Abednico Bhebhe filed a court appeal after Mr. Mugabe refused to hold the polls saying government was broke.

The three won their case in the Bulawayo High Court, forcing the president to appeal to the Supreme Court, which dealt him a blow in July by upholding the lower court's decision.

Bhebhe told VOA Studio 7 he is still hopeful the president would comply with the Supreme Court ruling.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba and Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma were not immediately available for comment.