Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

The Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance has filed its papers challenging the presidential election results in which the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared the incumbent, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as the victor. "All proceedings are suspended pending the determination of the Constitutional Court".

His new cabinet will come soon after his inauguration set for this coming Sunday.

Some of the lawyers who filed the papers for Chamisa include, Chris Mhike, Douglas Coltart, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, Advocate Dali Mpofu and Advocate Sylvester Hashiti.

The party must prove that any irregularities were grave enough to change the outcome of the vote.

"Mr Biti is in good condition and we will follow the case closely".

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, according to the Veritas legal group.

The conduct of the election was largely deemed sound by global monitors, but representatives of the European Union noted Mr Mnangagwa, a former long-time Mugabe ally, benefited from an "un-level playing field" and some voter intimidation.

Chamisa has claimed he won 56 percent of votes and called the election "fraudulent, illegal and illegitimate".

"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", Mpofu said.

We are also deeply concerned that Zambia chose to hand over former Minister of Finance Tendai Biti to the Zimbabwean authorities, and in the face of a reported Zambian court order blocking his expulsion from Zambia.

They may now need to send apologies just in case someone turns up.

The ruling party was quick to dismiss the bid. "But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court", ZANU-PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said.

At least six people were killed two days after the vote in clashes between security forces and MDC Alliance supporters who alleged that Mr Chamisa had been robbed of victory.

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