Top court throws out Mugabe lawsuit
An activist accuses the ageing leader of violating the Southern African country’s supreme law during protests last year
Harare — Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court dismissed a case against President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday lodged by an activist who accused the ageing leader of violating the Southern African country’s supreme law during protests last year.
The case was the first time a private citizen has asked the court to decide whether actions by 92-year-old Mugabe, the world’s oldest leader, violated the constitution.
Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980, was in 2016 confronted by the biggest anti-government protests in a decade.
Political activist Promise Mkwananzi, whose #Tajamuka group helped organise the protests, said in his application Mugabe’s responses in the protests’ aftermath had "undermined national security and threatened citizens".
At a meeting with war veterans after one of the protests, Mugabe said Zanu-PF had punished defectors during the liberation war by keeping them "underground like rats, in bunkers", something he threatened to do to protest leaders.
Mkwananzi said the president also claimed partisan control of the police and army, which is against the constitution.