Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

Legal experts who spoke to ZwNews earlier on said Mnangagwa's swearing in ceremony cannot go ahead until when the challenger's case is satisfactorily dealt with. "For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, said.

DAGGERS have now been drawn again between Zanu PF and MDC Alliance after the latter yesterday filed their court challenge against the July 30 presidential results, which they claim were doctored in favour of Zanu PF.

"We will rest when this country is liberated", Jameson Timba, the MDC's chief election agent, told journalists standing outside.

Zimbabwe's constitution allows a presidential candidate to legally challenge electoral results within seven days of a victor being declared.

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Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, delaying the inauguration of Mnangagwa which was scheduled for Sunday.

"We have a good case and cause!" he tweeted shortly after filing the challenge.

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

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, according to the Veritas legal group.

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ZEC declared that Mnangagwa won the election with 50.8 percent of the vote while Chamisa was said to have come second with 44.3 percent of the vote. "We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted", MDC party lawyer Thanbani Mpofu said.

"I am confident they have no case", Zanu PF PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said.

Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory in last month's vote, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for the 40-year-old Chamisa.

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.

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The MDC reported that its foreign lawyers had initially been denied entry into the Constitutional Court on work permit grounds.

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