Kasukuwere disqualified from presidential race by High Court

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HARARE – The High Court has nullified the nomination of former Zanu PF Commissar and presidential candidate Saviour Kasukuwere and ordered the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to remove him from the ballot paper.

The court ruling came after Zanu PF activist Lovedale Mangwana challenged Kasukuwere’s eligibility to run for the presidency in the August 23 elections.

Mangwana argued that Kasukuwere had breached section 91 of the Constitution and the electoral laws by being absent from his constituency for over 18 months, which meant he was no longer a registered voter.

Kasukuwere, who is in self-exile in South Africa, defended his candidature through his lawyers, saying he had been out of the country on medical grounds and that his participation in the elections did not violate Mangwana’s rights.

Kasukuwere, a former political commissar and a member of a faction that opposed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rise to power, is one of the candidates vying for the presidency in the upcoming polls.

He claims he is a victim of the 2017 coup that removed former president Robert Mugabe and forced him to flee the country.

His camp sees the court application as an attempt by Zanu PF to exclude him from the race. Kasukuwere’s camp says it will appeal the High Court’s decision.

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