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Harare — The independence of Zimbabwe’s judiciary is due to come into sharp focus as all eyes shift to the constitutional court, the highest court in the land, which now has to arbitrate in the disputed presidential results of the election held on July 30. This is after the MDC Alliance (MDCA) on Friday filed court papers challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s win. The registrar of the court is expected to set down the matter for determination within 14 days of the filing of the application. The court’s decision, which can be made within that time or any time thereafter, is final and cannot be contested any further. A full bench of nine judges, including its head, Chief Justice Luke Malaba, is expected to make the ruling. Piers Pigou, the Southern Africa director of the International Crisis Group, said the election challenge would be a test of the top court’s independence and quality. "The case will be a further test of the constitutional court’s independence and the quality of ...

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