‘Cadit quaestio’ Adamant Madhuku Says Dispute Is Over
9 March 2021
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By Jane Mlambo| Following two days of harsh exchanges between Professor Lovemore Madhuku and Dr Alex Magaisa over Section 96(2) which tackles the resignation of Vice Presidents and whether the President is obliged to publicly announce within 24 hours, the former has chickened out while insisting his viewpoint remains sound at law.

A heated argument ensued following the resignation of vice President Kembo Mohadi and revelations by Presidential spokesperson George Charamba that his letter had been delivered to President Emmerson Mnangagwa a week earlier, self exiled former cabinet minister Professor Jonathan Moyo pointed to a breach of the constitution saying a public announcement had not been made within 24 hours.

Madhuku appeared in the media saying that Section 96(2) did not apply to the current vice presidents but running mates who are elected together with the President.

Magaisa instantly shot back, accusing Madhuku of using a pedestrian interpretation of the constitution.

Madhuku followed up with a full article where he explained his points in detail while shooting back at Magaisa for seeking to thrill Twitter audience.

Magaisa responded to Madhuku’s analysis while his colleagues Advocate Tabani Mpofu and Professor Jonathan Moyo also shared their own interpretations.

When many expected the debate to go on, Madhuku only said he noted the three replies by Magaisa, Moyo and Mpofu while insisting that he remain unconvinced that they are sound alternatives to his viewpoint before chickening out of the hot topic by using latin term Cadit quaestio which literally means dispute is over.

“I have read and noted the three replies from @ProfJNMoyo , @Wamagaisa and @adv_fulcrum. With respect, I remain unconvinced that there can be a sound alternative to the view I hold and have expressed-that sect 96(2) does not apply to current VPs. Cadit quaestio.”