Civil servant fights to contest polls


GWANDA — A lecturer at Joshua Mqabuko Polytechnic who was disqualified from standing as a councillor in Gwanda urban on an MDC-T ticket has appealed against the decision of the Nomination Court.

Albert Ncube

Jastone Mazhale was disqualified from standing in the forthcoming elections after a presiding officer queried the authenticity of his letter authorising him to stand.

This was despite the fact that he had gone through all the processes, the last being appending of signatures by the presiding officer.

In papers filed at the Electoral Court on Tuesday, Mazhale through his lawyer Naison Ncube of James, Moyo-Majwabu and Nyoni Legal practitioners, argued the Nomination Court erred and misdirected itself in disqualifying him on the grounds that his letter of resignation was suspect.

Ncube argues that the court erred by concluding that Mazhale had not yet resigned, as he had left the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The lawyer stated in his papers that as far as PSC was concerned, Mazhale resigned and as such qualified to stand for political office.

He further argued that the Nomination Court failed to take into account that Mazhale had complied with all the other statutory requirements.

Gilbert Mlilo who presided over the Nomination Court last Friday and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commmission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau, are cited as the first and second respondents respectively.

Philimon Makoule (Zanu PF), Vusani Mhlanga (MDC) and Nathaniel Siziba (Independent) who were nominated to contest the local government elections were also cited as respondents.