HARARE – Last Saturday, we erroneously reported that Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, sitting as a judge of the Electoral Court, had ordered by consent the opening of all ballot boxes and election materials for the Mt Pleasant National Assembly election held on July 31.
Our story followed the widespread circulation of this incorrect information by the MDC the previous day, where it was alleged that the order followed a court application by MDC candidate Jameson Timba, pursuant to the elections court petition that he filed to have the election held in Mt Pleasant, in Harare, set aside for reasons of alleged electoral malpractices and irregularities.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has now brought it to our attention that Justice Bhunu neither made nor signed such an order.
In addition, the judge had not received any copy of the alleged consent draft from any of the lawyers acting on behalf of the parties involved in the Mt Pleasant electoral dispute.
We happily accept that our story was wrong and, therefore, unconditionally withdraw it.
We would also like to apologise unreservedly to Justice Bhunu and other parties to this dispute for our unwitting error.