BELOW is the full statement issued Tuesday by MDC-T national spokesman Obert Gutu. Gutu was responding to remarks by information minister Jonathan Moyo defending President Robert Mugabe over allegations he tried to intimidate the judiciary over a case filed by former Zanu PF officials Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo. Said Gutu …
THE desperate attempts the by ZanuPF propagandist, Jonathan Moyo, to blatantly mislead the nation about Robert Mugabe’s wicked and shameful threat to the judiciary at a function in Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency last week is patently shameful and pathetic and indeed, grossly insulting to the intelligence of the people of Zimbabwe.
It is an indisputable fact that Robert Mugabe’s utterances were deliberately aimed at intimidating the judiciary in the wake of the High Court application that was filed by Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo.
Mutasa and Gumbo are entitled to approach the courts in order to resolve whatever grievances they might have with their faction-ridden and beleaguered political party, Zanu PF.
Defending the president … Information minister Jonathan Moyo
Robert Mugabe is the head of the executive arm of the State and, as such, he has an obligation to respect the doctrine of separation of powers which underlies the very essence of a modern democracy.
Thus, Mugabe’s careless, irresponsible and reckless statement in which he literally intimidated the judiciary is not only grossly offensive but it is also in extreme bad taste and clearly unconstitutional.
At all relevant times, everyone, including Robert Mugabe, has a constitutional obligation to respect and uphold the independence of the judiciary.
Mugabe is the first citizen of Zimbabwe in his capacity as the head of State and, as such, he should not behave and conduct himself like a misguided missile.
Robert Mugabe’s threat against the independence of the judiciary is blatantly unconstitutional and, as the MDC, we condemn such an utterance in the strongest terms.
Mugabe should not continue to behave like a bull in a china shop. As the head of State, he took an oath to respect and uphold the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
He should not do anything that has the effect of undermining the public’s confidence and trust in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
The reckless and intimidatory statement that was uttered by the nonagenarian is tantamount to a gross and unmitigated abuse of his office as the head of State. His remarks are also repugnant to the tenets of democracy.
The MDC maintains that the head of State should be the first person to defend and uphold the integrity of all public institutions; including the judiciary.
It is, therefore, odious and grossly offensive for one Jonathan Moyo to shamelessly seek to mislead the nation into believing that Robert Mugabe was within his rights when he threatened the judiciary.
Jonathan Moyo is a master of deceit and chicanery and his record in distorting and manipulating facts is legendary. The MDC calls upon the Zanu PF regime to respect and uphold the independence of the judiciary if at all this country is going to attract meaningful foreign direct investment (FDI).
OBERT CHAURURA GUTU
MDC NATIONALS SPOKESPERSON