Zimbabwe Court dismisses
opposition leader’s challenge
to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on Friday
dismissed an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa
seeking to set aside the result of the July 30 presidential
election won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
This paves the way for Mnangagwa, who was the first
respondent in the matter, to be inaugurated on Sunday in
accordance with the law.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared him winner
with a revised 50.67 percent of the vote against nearest rival
Chamisa’s 44.3 percent.
Chamisa challenged the result alleging various electoral
malpractices on the part of Mnangagwa and ZEC.
He sought the court to declare that the presidential election
was not conducted in accordance with the law and was not free
and fair; that the declaration of Mnangagwa as duly elected was
unlawful; and that he be declared duly elected president instead
However, the Constitutional Court, comprising nine judges of
the Supreme Court, found otherwise.
Delivering judgement, Chief Justice Luke Malaba said the
application was dismissed with costs and that the decision was
He said Chamisa had failed to provide the necessary evidence
on the allegations he had made against Mnangagwa and ZEC.
"In the final analysis the court finds that the applicant has
failed to place before it clear, direct, sufficient and credible
evidence that the irregularities that he alleges marred the
election process materially existed," he said.
Mnangagwa, who was initially due to be inaugurated on Aug. 12
had Chamisa not lodged the application, will now be inaugurated
at the National Sports Stadium in Harare Sunday, with the court
upholding his victory.
Malaba said it was not easy to set aside a presidential
election on the basis of mere allegations of irregularities.
"It is an internationally accepted principle of election
disputes that an election is not set aside easily merely on the
basis that irregularities occurred. There is a presumption of
validity of an election.
"This is so, also because as long as the election was
conducted substantially in terms of the constitution and the
governing laws it would have reflected the will of the people.
It is not for the court to decide an election.
"t is the people.
"It is the duty of the courts to strive in the public
interest to sustain that which the people have expressed their
will in," he said.
Zimbabwean police boost
security ahead of court challenge
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has said it is on
high alert ahead of the Presidential election petition hearing
at the Constitutional Court Wednesday.
The Constitutional Court will hear MDC Alliance leader Nelson
Chamisa’s challenge in which he seeks the court to nullify the
declaration by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that
Mnangagwa had won the July 30 presidential election.
Chamisa alleges some irregularities in the conduct of the
election and wants the court to either declare him the winner,
or alternatively order a re-run of the presidential poll.
According to results released by ZEC, Mnangagwa won the
election with 50.8 percent of the vote while Chamisa polled 44.3
Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said in a statement that
to enhance security and ensure proceedings were not disrupted,
roads within the precincts of the Constitutional Court would be
barricaded on Wednesday and Thursday.
Members of the public would not be allowed to loiter around
the court premises.
The Judicial Service Commission had previously announced that
only the road leading to the Constitutional Court would be
closed to traffic the whole of Wednesday, but the police have
extended the security area.
Journalists covering the case will view proceedings from a
special tent where a live feed will be provided as there is
limited space in the courtroom to accommodate the huge number of
"The ZRP and other security services are on high alert and
will maintain law and order while ensuring that the public is
safe and able to conduct their business in the central business
district in a peaceful environment.
"We want to warn all those bent on instigating violence that
the law will be applied without fear or favor," Charamba said.
She said the police had noted with concern messages on social
media meant to derail the court proceedings.
"Members of the public are implored not to gather or
interfere with the processes around the precincts of the
Constitutional Court during the same period," she said.
She appealed to citizens to remain calm and peaceful during
the period and urged all interested parties to allow the due
process of the court to be conducted without any hindrance.
Six people died on Aug. 1 following protests by MDC Alliance
supporters who were unhappy about perceived delays by ZEC to
announce the election results.
threatens protests after court dismisses challenge
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC Alliance on Saturday threatened
street protests demanding poll victory which the Constitutional
Court has rejected.
Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed an
application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa seeking to set
aside the result of the July 30 presidential election won by
President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chamisa told journalists in a press conference that while his
party respected the decision of the Constitutional Court, it did
not agree with the findings and would use other means to claim
its alleged stolen victory.
"Respecting of the decision of the Constitutional Court does
not by definition mean accepting it.
"I respectfully disagree and reject the position that was
reached at by the Constitutional Court. It does not mean that
the Constitutional Court is an infallible institution, they can
also make mistakes just like the mistakes that were made by ZEC
(Zimbabwe Electoral Commission)," Chamisa said.
Chamisa, who garnered 44.3 percent of the vote to Mnangagwa’s
50.67 percent in the poll, said while the legal route had led
them to a "dead end", other avenues remained open for the party
to explore, high among them protests.
"The political doors are going to be opened very soon. Using
our Constitution, we have the right to peaceful protests.
"We have the right to peacefully demonstrate.
"We will exam and execute all those available doors so that
we are able to open our way to freedom and justice and that will
be done in a very short space of time," he said.
He insisted he got more than 2.6 million votes in the poll
while claiming Mnangagwa got less than 2 million.
Mnangagwa is set to be inaugurated on Sunday.
South Africa urges
Zimbabwean parties to accept court ruling over election
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African government on Friday urged
political parties in Zimbabwe to accept a ruling by the
country’s Constitutional Court that validates the July 30
All those involved in the court case, in particular the
applicants and the respondents, should accept the decision of
the court, the South African Department of International
Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said in a statement.
Earlier on Friday, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court dismissed
an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa seeking to
set aside the result of the election won by President Emmerson
Mnangagwa, paving the way for Mnangagwa to be inaugurated on
Sunday in accordance with the law.
It is important for all parties in Zimbabwe to go forward and
work toward lasting peace, unity and prosperity in the country,
DIRCO spokesperson Khusela Diko said.
After the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared
Mnangagwa winner in the election with a revised 50.67 percent of
the vote against nearest rival Chamisa’s 44.3 percent on Aug. 2,
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated Mnangagwa
and promised to work with the new Zimbabwean government.
South Africa is ready to work with Zimbabwe in the pursuit of
closer political, cultural, economic and trade ties, Ramaphosa
special envoy to attend
Zimbabwe Presidential inauguration
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special
envoy Su Hui, also vice chairperson of the 13th National
Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative
Conference (CPPCC), will attend Emmerson Mnangagwa’s
presidential inauguration ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sunday,
at the invitation of the president, Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Lu Kang announced Saturday.
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