“Negligent” judges incur anger of Mugabe

gavelaveFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) ZIMBABWEAN judges are again at the receiving end of outbursts by President Robert Mugabe for making rulings unfavourable to government.

The longtime leader has returned from an unexplained trip to the United Arab Emirates that triggered widespread speculation about his health and rumors that he had died.

As he dispelled rumours, the 92-year-old launched a blistering attack on the country’s judiciary.

He slammed a High Court decision to allow 18 opposition political parties that are calling for electoral reforms to conduct a protest in late August, Mugabe accused the judges of “negligence” and disregarding to the “peace” of the country.

This was not the first time Mugabe attempted to interfere with the judiciary.

In 2000, after judges ruled against the government’s violent land reform programme was unlawful, Mugabe called the judges “guardians of white racist commercial farmers.”

In 2005, High Court Justice Tendai Uchena ruled that Roy Bennet, a jailed opposition member of parliament, was eligible to contest elections from prison. Mugabe described the decision as “stupid.”

Uchena subsequently reversed his judgment.

Mugabe’s government has also undermined Zimbabwe’s judiciary by disregarding High Court orders. There have been frequent public statements attacking the judiciary and individual judges.

Dewa Mavhinga, Human Rights Watch senior Africa researcher, said Mugabe must stop interfering in the judiciary’s independence, so the courts could play their crucial role in a democratic society.

“Zimbabweans have the right to peaceful protest and expressing their views, and judges should not be constrained in enforcing those rights.”
CAJ News

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