HH 362-18 TENDAI SAIMONI and KNOWLEDGE BURANDA versus ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION and Ors

TENDAI SAIMONI

and

KNOWLEDGE BURANDA

versus

ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

and

MINISTER OF JUSTICE N.O.

and

THE PRESIDING OFFICER NOMINATION COURT- CHITUNGWIZA- MACHONA N.O

 

 

HIGH COURT OF ZIMBABWE

TAGU J

HARARE, 22 and 27 June 2018

 

 

Urgent Chamber Application

 

B Mushamira with M Mandevere, for 1st and 2nd applicants

LB Madiro, for 2nd respondent

TM Kanengoni, for 1st and 3rd respondents

 

 

               TAGU J: The first applicant Tendai Saimoni is a member of the MDC-Alliance a political grouping of opposition parties. He is desirous to contest as a candidate in the local government elections in respect of Ward 3 in ST Mary’s in Chitungwiza. On or about the 14th of June 2018, the date on which the Nomination Court convened, he duly prepared his nomination papers and gave them to his chief election agent one Knowledge Buranda who is the second applicant so that he could submit the same to the Nomination Court on behalf of the first applicant at the Chitungwiza Municipality Hall. As fate would have it, Knowledge Buranda was accosted and attacked by two thugs one Alexio Ngwengwe and Devine Kanyama who subsequently confiscated first applicant’s Nomination papers and tore them before he could submit them. A police report was made and the thugs were arrested. The first applicant had to start preparing fresh set of 

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