Zimbabwe’s Speaker of Assembly Jacob Mudenda has said the recent ban of by-elections by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was unconstitutional and ordered repealing of Statutory Instrument 225A of 2020.
This was announced by opposition member of Parliament this afternoon.
“The speaker of Parliament has just announced that SI 225A/2020 has been deemed unconstitutional by the Parliamentary Legal Committee. This is critical in that the SI is immediately struck off and is of no force or effect,” Settlement Chikwinya.
The move by Mudendameans that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will now announce dates for by-elections in the country as per dictates of the constitution.
Speaking to media Chikwinya said the people that have taken the government to court over by-elections have high chances of winning the cases since they have endorsement from the speaker of parliament.
“This means that ZEC is challenged to set out dates of By-Elections as per dictates of the Constitution. The cases challenging this SI which are now before the courts now have more than a bright chance to succeed if ever the government still wants to oppose which I do not see how,” Chikwinya added.
The repeal comes after two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) took President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Constantino Chiwenga, and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to court compelling them to announce the date of by-elections in Zimbabwe.