Court rules he resigned freely
Former President Robert Mugabe must be ranting and raving following a high court ruling that he freely and voluntarily resigned from office.
The ruling was delivered by chief justice, Luke Malaba on Tuesday before dismissing an application by some little known politicians who were seeking the nullification of president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration in November last year.
These politicians, by the way, were more than likely sent by Mugabe so that he himself doesn’t seem to be fighting the current regime in court. It is a common practice in Zimbabwe for very little known people to be used to fight ‘big’ people’s wars.
The ruling must have come as a big shock to Mugabe and his people as the former feels he was hard done and betrayed by his former comrades.
That Mugabe is a bitter old man is no secret as he has spoken angrily against his ouster, even labelling the current regime illegitimate.
So for a chief justice to deliver such a ruling must have really made him livid and, sadly for him, there isn’t much he can do save nurse his emotional wounds.
While this ruling may be absurd in the sense that it is well known Mugabe had no choice but to resign subsequent to a coup and being placed under house arrest, it is very difficult to feel pity for Mugabe as he is now simply lying on the beds that he made.
During his time, Mugabe made sure his opponents never enjoyed fair trials in court. In fact, taking Mugabe to court was a waste of time as the verdict was already known, the old man was never a loser even in clear cases of violation of the law.
The late Morgan Tsvangirai must be smiling from his grave for he is one man who tried to fight Mugabe through courts – especially in matters related to elections and stolen victory – but never got any fairness because the then president had literally put the judicial system in his own pocket.
Now the same system has turned against him with a chief justice that he appointed ruling that he freely resigned – talk about bitter sweet irony!
I can imagine how hostile he became when he heard of this ruling. How dare the chief justice say he voluntarily resigned when army tanks and fully armed soldiers had surrounded his house and were ready to pull the trigger if he had continued to resist stepping down.
Well, what goes around comes around Mr former president!
Remember how you used to say our judicial system is very much independent even though it was clear it was working under instructions from the top. Maybe if you had allowed the courts to be independent and fair during your days, the ruling in this case would have been somewhat different.
So, accept the ruling that you freely resigned and move on Uncle Bob, after all the country’s judicial system is extremely impartial.