Friday, 17 August, 2018

Zimbabwe election: MDC's Chamisa mounts legal challenge against result

MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa Zimbabwe opposition file presidential poll challenge
Kenny Thornton | 11 August, 2018, 21:56

We had planned to have our inauguration on Sunday but we now have to wait for court processes if the alliance files its appeal. "All proceedings are suspended pending the determination of the Constitutional Court".

Sunday's ceremony has been delayed after Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) launched a legal bid claiming last month's poll was rigged.

Two days after the vote, six people were killed in an army crackdown on protests against the victory by Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party, a reminder that Zimbabwe will struggle to fix its image as a nation known for repression and economic collapse.

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.

Zimbabwe's defeated opposition faced a deadline Friday to file its legal challenge to try to overturn the July 30 election result, which has been mired in fraud allegations and a government crackdown on opponents.

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

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By narrowly winning more than 50% of the vote Mr Mnangagwa, a member of the ruling Zanu-PF party, avoided a run-off election against Mr Chamisa. "We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted", MDC party lawyer Thanbani Mpofu said.

Mr Biti is the first senior opposition politician to be detained since Mr Mnangagwa took over from Mr Mugabe.

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

In recent days, the U.S. has criticised the treatment of opposition supporters and in particular key opposition figure Tendai Biti, who has been arrested in connection with the post-election violence.

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention.

The president, the ZANU-PF party and the electoral commission have denied all charges of cheating.

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