MDC Alliance files court challenge to Mnangagwa's election win

Arturo Kim
August 11, 2018

Mnangagwa's inauguration planned for Sunday was postponed until the court makes its ruling. "All proceedings are suspended pending the determination of the Constitutional Court".

At the same time, Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said President Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration that had been set for Sunday had been deferred after opposition leader Nelson Chamisa challenged presidential election results in court.

Chamisa's legal team arrived at the Constitutional Court at the eleventh hour with members of the media having been in wait for at least half a day.

Police were looking for Biti and eight other opposition leaders for allegedly fomenting violence following the disputed national election.

Official results show that Mr Mnangagwa won last month's presidential election with 50.8% of the vote, but the opposition alleges that the figures were manipulated.

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

"At the moment, we are not moving forward because according to the Constitution we should wait for seven days after declaration of the results so that if there is anyone who wants to appeal against the results, they do so", President Mnangagwa said.

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The polls' aftermath has been marred by allegations of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests.

Also on Friday, lawyers for senior opposition figure Tendai Biti asked judges to throw out charges against him over the protests against alleged election fraud, in a case raising further global concern about the new government.

It said it had received numerous complaints of intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

"Zimbabwe faces a bad threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court.

Zimbabwe remains in political limbo.

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

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