ZANU PF official and lawyer, Advocate Tinomudaishe Chinyoka has criticised the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Ziyambi Ziyambi for attacking the judiciary after the High Court ruled that Luke Malaba had ceased to be the Chief Justice.
Ziyambi had insinuated that the courts were captured. In response to Ziyambi’s statement, the ZANU PF official from Mberengwa North constituency, Midlands, said:
Today, l am hurt to know that l live in a country where a whole Minister of Justice and his PermSec feel that it is okay to issue such a rabid attack on the judiciary. It’s okay to be unhappy with losing in court, but you don’t react via contempt of court. You read the law!
Former cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo applauded Chinyoka for his remarks. The exiled Political Science professor said:
One of the reasons I respect you Tino, notwithstanding our political differences, is that you think like a lawyer most of the times & you never shy away from telling things the way you see them; regardless of the consequences. That’s why I call you my brother, despite our fights!
Another lawyer, Advocate Abraham Mateta also criticised Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and questioned whether the latter was a trained lawyer or not. He said:
Is minister Zyiambi Zyiambi a trained lawyer? May the good men and women in our nation help him and save him from his dangerous self. Paragraph 19 of his statement reads like the rantings of some activist rebel movement. There is absolutely nothing governmental in his statement and no matter how disagreeable lawyers may be with court rulings, they don’t make statements like these.