Malaba fallout: Ziyambi accuses EU, US

BY MOSES MATENGA/NQOBANI NDLOVU/LORRAINE MUROMO

JUSTICE minister Ziyambi Ziyambi yesterday sensationally claimed that the European Union (EU) and the US had been pouring tens of millions of {dollars} to destabilise the nation by sponsoring non-governmental organisations to intervene with authorities actions.

The minister torched a storm for threatening Excessive Court docket judges, Justices Happias Zhou, Edith Mushore and Helena Charehwa for his or her landmark ruling on Saturday that former Chief Justice Luke Malaba, who turned 70 on the weekend, had ceased to carry the highest judicial publish.

The judges held that each one incumbent judges of the senior courts couldn’t profit from an modification to the Structure extending their time period limits post-retirement age. Such constitutional amendments needed to be put to a public referendum, which was not achieved, the judges mentioned in a ruling hailed as victory for constitutionalism.

However Ziyambi yesterday advised RZP that he stood by his assaults on the judiciary claiming that he’ll “expose” the EU and the US “when the precise time comes”.

“I’ll expose the human rights legal professionals when the precise time comes. They’ve their human rights defenders whom they pay with cash that they’re given by USAid and the European Union. The time will come and I’ll identify and disgrace them, I’ve the proof,” Ziyambi mentioned.

“I imagine in what I mentioned and I cannot change. When the time comes, I’ll expose the human rights legal professionals.”

The EU head of delegation to Zimbabwe, Timo Olkkonen was but to reply to Ziyambi’s claims final evening.  The US embassy had additionally not responded to questions from RZP on the time of going to print.

Human rights teams attacked Ziyambi for making an attempt to undermine judges, saying his statements had been meant to instil worry.

However Ziyambi mentioned:  “What was tough if folks say recuse your self (Justice Zhou) and if he had no real interest in the matter? There are numerous judges earlier than the Excessive Court docket and calls had been made for him to recuse himself. Was that tough? Why did he insist if he’s clear? Is he the one decide to cope with points in Harare? Was it not honourable to say ‘whereas I don’t see any advantage in what you’re saying, I stand apart’?”

The Zimbabwe Legal professionals for Human Rights (ZLHR) described Ziyambi’s criticism of judges as “intemperate and never befitting of an honourable minister of presidency”.

They rubbished claims by the Justice minister that human rights activists had been utilizing cash given to them by the EU and US to seize numerous State establishments.

“There may be not an iota of reality in these reckless and defamatory allegations. The Minister of Justice, Authorized and Parliamentary Affairs is aware of this solely too properly,” ZLHR mentioned in a press release.

In a press release, ZimRights mentioned Ziyambi’s utterances had been an assault on the judiciary and a menace to the private safety of the judges.

Former Zanu PF politburo member and former Greater Schooling minister Jonathan Moyo mentioned Ziyambi’s utterances uncovered Mnangagwa’s administration.

“On paragraph 14 of his assertion which is in contempt of court docket, Justice minister Ziyambi says: ‘We are actually going to poke the enemy within the eye and confront it’. These are Gukurahundi-like threats, that Mnangagwa likes to make, coming from his Justice minister, of all ministers,” Moyo tweeted.

MDC Alliance vice-president Welshman Ncube mentioned Ziyambi’s anger on the Malaba difficulty was in contempt of court docket.

“The unrestrained fury with which ED’s Justice minister has reacted to the judgment of the Excessive Court docket on Malaba’s time period of workplace not solely constitutes contempt of court docket, but additionally evidences panic and confusion within the face of a uncommon setback to its authoritarian consolidation agenda,” he mentioned.

Lawyer Tinomudaishe Chinyoka tweeted: “We will agree/disagree in politics, however I draw the road on attacking judges. The assaults on Zhou and the JP (Choose President) quantity to contempt of court docket, and have to be prosecuted. Additionally they sign to whoever will hear the enchantment that just one consequence will probably be tolerated.  Deplorable and disappointing.”

Political analyst Eldred Masunungure mentioned: “Not so way back, the judiciary was accused of being captured by the federal government and this time round it’s the federal government accusing the identical Judiciary of being captured by overseas powers and native non-governmental organisations, and so presently the judiciary is in a rock arduous scenario.”

He mentioned Ziyambi wished to create a local weather of worry and intimidation within the nation.

Opposition MDC-T chief Douglas Mwonzora on Saturday mentioned: “All of the judges of the Supreme Court docket had been sued. All of the judges of the Constitutional Court docket had been sued. As issues stand, there isn’t any one to listen to the enchantment and so it represents a pyrrhic victory. That is my opinion as a lawyer.  With regards to that clause, I took an energetic half in its crafting because the chairperson of Copac (Structure Choose Committee) and after we launched that clause, we had been aiming at (the late former President Robert) Mugabe.”

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