1. Each step they take defines the CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. The @JSCZim wants to be involved because in its mistaken view the judges cited in the lawsuit are its “employees”. It forgets that on that reasoning the judges presiding over the dispute also qualify as its “employees”.
2. This leaves the applicants facing an opponent that purports to be the employer of the presiding judges! The @JSCZim wants to have its cake and eat it at the same time. It wants to represent judges who are being sued while distancing itself from judges presiding over the case!
3. The @JSCZim cannot be both things at the same time. It could have applied for joinder on other grounds, such as that it is required to defend judicial independence & the constitution, in which it would be challenging the illegal amendment, not defending it.
4. If the @JSCZim is so concerned about judges & their independence, why did it not take legal action to defend the constitution from amendments that not only take away its power in judicial appointments but also violate the constitution causing illegality & compromise judges?

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