Sybeth Musengezi who filed a High Court case challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s legitimacy says his life is in danger as he constantly receives death threats over the case.
Musengezi who claims to be a ZANU PF youth member is challenging the ascendancy of President Mnangagwa to the leadership of the party in 2017 following the demise of the late veteran leader Robert Mugabe saying the rise was unconstitutional.
He filed his challenge last year, but Mnangagwa’s lawyers have been pressing him to drop the High Court case while some ZANU PF activists promised to take unspecified action against him.
Musengezi last month filed another urgent High Court application seeking to stop Mnangagwa from calling and presiding over ZANU PF’s elective congress slated for October before the case he brought before the court is finalised.
Mnangagwa from calling and presiding over ZANU PF’s elective congress slated for October before the case he brought before the court is finalised.
Sources in the party believe Musengezi is a product of an alleged alliance between former G40 members and Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga in a bid to frustrate Mnangagwa’s bid to contest in 2023 elections, allegations which Musengezi has refuted.
Musengezi told NewsDay on Sunday that death threats escalated ahead of the court sitting on Wednesday this week.
“Yes, in recent weeks, I’ve seen a number of unmarked vehicles parked just outside of my yard. Sometimes they park when I’m not there and my colleagues would call me to say there is a vehicle or vehicles without plates parked at home.
I personally confronted those people and they just drive off. I can’t really say I’m safe because I don’t know what these people are up to, but if anything is to happen to me, obviously it is people linked to the case.
I have received threats since I launched the legitimacy application last year, with people trying to intimidate me to withdraw and at one point, was arrested and detained for 10 days on a spurious charge to try and force me to withdraw the matter.
So, after realising that threats and detention have failed, they have resorted to intimidation tactics.”- NewsDay