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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been dragged to court by two former close associates challenging a ruling party congress that elevated his wife to an influential position.
Former Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and the party’s former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo on Tuesday filed High Court papers challenging their expulsion in a mass purge that also claimed the scalp of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru last December.
The court case is expected to divide the ruling Zanu-PF as the two officials insist they were the legitimate leaders of the party, while President Mugabe and his new line-up were in office illegally.
The two long time lieutenants of the veteran ruler were accused of plotting to kill President Mugabe so that Ms Mujuru could take over at the controversial congress.
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In their court papers, Mr Mutasa and Mr Gumbo said they were seeking to challenge the “unlawfulness and unconstitutionality of certain appointments and decisions that were made and of certain constitutional amendments that were made during the party’s congress”.
The congress elevated First Lady Grace Mugabe to lead the Zanu-PF women’s league, giving her a seat in the party’s top decision making body the politburo.
President Mugabe’s wife pushed for Ms Mujuru’s ouster soon after entering politics, and her husband obliged at the eventful congress.
The 91-year-old leader went on to fire 10 more Cabinet ministers accusing them of fighting on the ouster vice-president’s corner.
Several other officials lost their positions in the party ahead of the congress.
Source: Politics