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Vol 51 No 11

Published 28th May 2010


Zimbabwe

Squashing the judges

The courts, despite everything, persist in doing justice sometimes and the President is not amused

The acquittal of Roy Bennett, Deputy Minister-designate of Agriculture and Treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), on 10 May gave President Robert Mugabe the chance to show his commitment to power-sharing. He could have accepted the court’s verdict, with its implication that Bennett was fit for a ministerial appointment, and sworn him in, especially since deputy ministers are more decorative than effective, seldom acting even in the real minister’s absence. That would have resolved a huge political problem without any loss of face.

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