Mnangagwa’s inauguration may need to be postponed as MDC arrives at court

Charlene Craig
August 11, 2018

The presidential inauguration of Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa has been delayed after the opposition launched a court challenge to his election victory.

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.

"It will no longer happen".

After a whole week of press conference after press conference, the opposition party finally filed its papers with the Constitutional Court challenging the presidential result.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission has said Mnangagwa won the election, the first without longtime President Robert Mugabe on the ballot form, garnering 50.8 percent of the vote against 44.3 percent for Chamisa.

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"Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

"Mr Biti is in good condition and we will follow the case closely". SABC senior anchor, Peter Ndoro is in Harare with the latest.

The inauguration was postponed as soon as the challenge was filed less than an hour before the court closed for the weekend.

The party must prove that any irregularities were grave enough to change the outcome of the vote.

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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She said the United States Government is deeply concerned that Zambia chose to hand over Mr Biti to the Zimbabwean authorities, and in the face of a reported Zambian court order blocking his expulsion from Zambia.

The conduct of the election was largely deemed sound by global monitors, but representatives of the European Union noted Mr Mnangagwa, a former long-time Mugabe ally, benefited from an "un-level playing field" and some voter intimidation.

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted".

The ruling party was quick to dismiss the bid.

"If [the judges] think the evidence is weak they could throw the case out fairly fast".

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Supporters of the MDC took to the streets on August 1 to protest against the alleged fraud, triggering a brutal response from the military which opened fire on the demonstrators, leaving six people dead.

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