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ED fires a warning shot to Musengezi over challenge of his legitimacy

Sybeth Musengezi

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President Mnangagwa has warned Sybeth Musengezi to unconditionally withdraw his court case challenging his legitimacy or face a joint costly law suit with his lawyer Nqobani Sithole

Musengezi approached the courts in October challenging ZANU PF central committee processes that propelled Mnangagwa to the presidency of the party after the ouster of the late former President Robert Mugabe in November 2017.

President Mnangagwa’s lawyers have sent a warning shot Musengezi’s lawyers, giving them two options. Either to withdraw the case or risk being sue for approaching the courts with a case devoid of merit.

In a letter to Musengezi’s lawyers, Ncube Attorneys, dated November 11, Mnangagwa said Musengezi should withdraw the case or his lawyers would be sued for approaching the courts with a case “devoid of merit and brought for ulterior motives”. Said Mnangagwa’s lawyers Edwin Manikai of Dube, Manikai and Hwacha Legal Practitioners:

“It is, therefore, advisable for your client to withdraw his application unconditionally at this stage, tendering wasted costs, to avoid further abuse of process and privilege and forcing the respondents to incur additional costs defending this spurious and vexatious matter,” charged Manikai.

Continued Manikai: “In the event of your client not heeding to this clarion call, our clients would be left with no other alternative, but to seek cost de bonis propriis (pay costs from your own pocket) against you, on the basis and grounds that your client is facing primarily legal and supremely incontrovertible contestation, proceeding further would be evidence of gross negligence, and with respect, frivolous action in the advice rendered to your client.”

Manikai gave Musengezi’s lawyer, Nqobani Sithole, seven days to to withdraw the case.

Sithole laughed off at Manikai,’s demands.

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