Independent legislator, Temba Mliswa, who is also a former Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front provincial chairman, today told Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa and his supporters that there are institutions one does not fight. One of them is the judiciary.
His comments follow yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that Chamisa’s leadership of the main opposition is illegitimate.
The ruling meant that the leadership of the opposition should be as at its congress of 2014 which puts Thokozani Khupe as the most senior person with Douglas Mwonzora as secretary general and Morgen Komichi, national chairman.
Chamisa has so far not commented directly on the ruling but tweeted yesterday: “DICTATORSHIP NEVER WINS. DICTATORSHIP ALWAYS ULTIMATELY FALLS AND SO SHALL IT BE WITH ALL THOSE WHO CONNIVE WITH IT!THE PEOPLE ALWAYS WIN AND THE PEOPLE SHALL GOVERN! BIGGER AFTER IT ALL. CORRECTNESS NEVER COMES SECOND BEST!”
His deputies, Tendai Biti, Lynette Karenyi and Welshman Ncube, have all said the judgment does not change anything because it was overtaken by events.
Chamisa, they argue, is not the leader of the MDC-T but of the MDC-Alliance. The MDC Alliance held its congress last year in May and elected Chamisa as their leader.
They accuse Khupe, Mwonzora and Komichi of being fronts for ZANU-PF.
The MDC Alliance was a coalition of seven political parties anchored around the MDC-T which was led by Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mliswa, who has won the Norton seat twice as an independent after being expelled from ZANU-PF, today tweeted: “Being a seasoned politician & looking at the @nelsonchamisa debacle, dynamics of politics are at play; I’ll watch. I’ve always said however there are certain institutions you don’t fight; the judiciary, the office of an elected President, the security forces or the Church.”
If Chamisa defies the ruling of the Supreme Court, this will be the second time in two years that he has defied the judiciary.
He rejected the Constitutional Court ruling in 2018 that said Emmerson Mnangagwa was the legitimate President of Zimbabwe.