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Attorneys Say State Security Agents Attempting to Force Zanu PF Activist to Drop Mnangagwa Leadership Legitimacy Case

Zimbabwe President - Emmerson Mnangagwa - Independence Celebrations
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A lawyer representing Sybeth Musengezi, who filed a High Court application seeking an order for the removal of President Emmerson Mnangagwa from the post of Zanu PF first secretary, says police are being used by the state to force him to drop the case.

Nqobani Sithole of Ncube Attorneys told VOA Zimbabwe Service that Detective Assistant Inspector Nyazama of Harare Central Police Station, who recently visited Musengezi’s inlaws in Budiriro, Harare, has not yet responded to a letter sent him requesting information about their charges to be laid against the Zanu PF activist.

Sithole said, “We know for a fact that the matter is before the High Court of Zimbabwe in Harare and that Zanu PF together with other respondents filed their heads of arguments on Thursday. We had a shock of our lives when we were informed by Sybeth Musengezi that on Thursday officers from the Law and Order Section in Harare went to his in-laws in Budiriro looking for him on an unspecified charge.

“We were advised by the client that he was not there at that particular time and we have since written a letter to the police to enquire on the veracity of the allegations that our clients is supposed to be facing and we have also made an undertaking that if they want us to present him we shall gladly do so, so that he faces those allegations. But one thing for a fact that concerns us is the use of state machinery in the process of intimidating our client.”

He said as Musengezi’s attorneys, they strongly believe that there is nothing criminal about whatever is taking place “but this is a way of intimidating him so that he breaks down and withdraws this matter.”

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi was unreachable for comment as he was not responding to calls on his mobile phone. VOA Zimbabwe Service was also unable to reach Mnangagwa’s lawyers for comment.

Mnangagwa lawyers are allegedly pressing Musengezi to withdraw the High Court application in which he is challenging the legitimacy of the president’s leadership of the ruling Zanu PF party.

The lawyers say they will sue Musengezi’s attorneys if they don’t withdraw the case. They have also claimed that he is not a ruling party member.

But Musengezi holds a current Zanu PF membership card. He argues that Mnangagwa was not properly elected when the party’s Central Committee held a meeting in 2017, a few days before the late former President Robert Mugabe was toppled in a defacto military coup.