Zimbabwe presidential inauguration delayed amid court challenge

Aaron Brown
August 12, 2018

LOSING MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa is racing against time as he has until end of business this Friday to file his court challenge against his defeat or allow eventual victor Emmerson Mnangagwa to proceed with his inauguration.

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

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

The MDC Alliance and its leader Nelson Chamisa arrived at the Constitutional Court premises in the capital, Harare, to file papers on the deadline for submissions into electoral challenges.

The Constitutional Court, which can declare a new victor or order a fresh election, must rule within 14 days of an election petition.

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After the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the results, Chamisa called a Press conference and described the election results as fabricated and overblown to ensure the incumbent President's victory. "We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted", MDC party lawyer Thanbani Mpofu said.

The inauguration should take place within 48 hours of the court's ruling, it added.

At least six people were killed in violence that erupted after the vote as security forces clashed with and MDC supporters who alleged that Mr Chamisa had been robbed of victory. The stakes are quite high and it is likely going to be a tense weekend for both parties as Zanu PF has at most three days to file their response according to the Constitution. "It is now being served on the 23 Respondents (all the other contestants and ZEC) Copies of the petition will be posted once scanned".

Last week Zanu-PF Secretary for Finance Mr Patrick Chinamasa confirmed the setting up of the 12-member legal team, saying the MDC Alliance's threat of litigation was unwarranted.

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