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Thabo Mbeki threatened with a lawsuit
Daniel Shunba the leader of the United People’s Party (UPP) plans to sue Mbeki if he is not immediately included in the on-going SADC-mediated talks.
Shumba was barred from submitting his papers as a candidate in the March 29 presidential election to the nomination court in February after failing to meet the deadline.
However, in a judgment last Friday, the supreme court ruled that the refusal of the nomination court to accept Shumba’s papers was not in accordance with Section 46 (7) of the Electoral Act.
Shumba on Tuesday engaged a South African law firm, Van Huyssteen Incorporated Attorneys to write to Mbeki about the need to include him in the negotiations to work out a solution to the Zimbabwean crisis.
He says that ballot papers for the March 29 presidential election included his name as one of the candidates therefore he is “entitled to participate in the on-going consultations that are taking place concerning the affairs of Zimbabwe under the auspices of Honourable President T. Mbeki appointed by the SADC countries as the facilitator in this regard.
“Our client has a direct and substantial interest in the outcome of the talks; any process of consultation concerning the democratic future of Zimbabwe is fundamentally flawed if it is limited to only two parties,” reads part of the letter Shumba’s lawyers wrote to Mbeki.