European Union observers to leave Zimbabwe in wake of disputed election

12 August, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare

The filing of the petition also means Mnangagwa's inauguration, which had been scheduled for Sunday, will have to be cancelled until the court renders a decision on the matter. The Constitutional Court must rule within 14 days and Mnangagwa's inauguration would have to wait for the outcome of Chamisa's challenge.

The legal team representing MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa filed their petition challenging the presidential election results at the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe.

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

"It's amusing that Chamisa (MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson) entered an election wanting to win only". The opposition said the result was rigged.

The opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, took to Twitter to confirm an appeal had been successfully filed.

By narrowly winning more than 50% of the vote Mr Mnangagwa avoided a run-off election against Mr Chamisa.

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His lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu said they had overwhelming evidence to prove that Mr Chamisa was cheated. "We have a good case and cause". "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.

"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", Mpofu said. This was according to Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi.

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased".

On Thursday, opposition figure Tendai Biti was detained by Zimbabwean police after Zambian authorities rejected his bid for asylum.

The bloc says a core team will remain in the country to monitor the situation in the wake of last week's disputed presidential election.

Instead we saw violence breaking out and security forces targeting opposition supporters.

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