MDC Alliance files court challenge to Mnangagwa's election win

12 August, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Zimbabwean opposition official Tendai Biti

Sunday's inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been halted after a legal challenge by the opposition against the election result.

"It's amusing that Chamisa (MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson) entered an election wanting to win only".

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

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Mnangagwa, who is seeking to reverse Zimbabwe's economic isolation and attract desperately-needed foreign investment, had vowed the elections would be free and fair, and would turn a page on Mugabe's repressive 37-year rule.

The Zimbabwe elections body, ZEC, declared Mnangagwa victor of the hotly contested polls with 50.8% of valid votes cast. Given the tension in the preceding week, it is our hope that the MDC Alliance has secured adequate evidence to put up a decent fight with which they may be able to win if the court acts fairly and professionally. Mnangagwa's inauguration will take place 48 hours after the Constitutional Court announces its decision. "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. The opposition said the result was rigged.

The outspoken politician was further barred from making any public political statement and to report twice a day at CID law and order division until the court ruled otherwise.

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Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency on Friday.

The aftermath of the polls has been marred by allegations by rights groups as well as by the MDC of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests.

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention.

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Zambia risks losing aid from the USA government following the forced deportation of Zimbabwean opposition politician Tendai Biti.

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