By Azania Post Reporter
ZIMBABWE has started to put on trial some several leading figures when former President Robert Mugabe was placed under house arrest on 14 November this year.
The first one was the former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo who appeared in court in Harare yesterday.
He faces corruption and abuse-of-power charges from his time in local government, his lawyer says.
The actions of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to stop the usurping of power by those close to former president Robert Mugabe are constitutional," the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation quotes the court as saying.
The court also ruled "null and void" the sacking by Mugabe of then Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier this month.
The military takeover was widely seen as a reaction to moves by Mugabe to ensure his wife, Grace, succeeded him, and against the sacking of Mnangagwa, who became president on Friday.
The high court said its ruling would prevent non-elected individuals exercising powers only open to those who have been elected.
But the ruling has raised concerns that the military is exercising undue influence over the judiciary.