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MDC Alliance to interrupt Mnangagwa's inauguration

by Ndou Paul
07 Aug 2018 at 17:58hrs | Views
MDC-Alliance senior official Senator David Coltart says the Zimbabwe government's plans for Sunday, 12 August, as the date for president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration following a disputed election will be interrupted when his partly file Nelson Chamisa's election petition this week..

It is not clear whether the opposition MDC Alliance has lodged its court application contesting the results, but has until Friday's deadline to do so.

Coltart said, "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent out invitations to a Presidential inauguration ceremony this weekend. That is lawful but the plans will be interrupted when we file President Chamisa's election petition this week. Section 94(1)(b) applies."

Senator Coltart said it would be impossible for a duly constituted court to decide the case before Saturday.

Said Coltart, "A kangaroo court could sit and decide before Saturday but not a duly constituted court which hears and considers both sides and all the arguments."

The party says the poll was manipulated to deny its leader the presidency.

Among its claims are that ballot boxes were stuffed and that numbers were deflated for their candidate Nelson Chamisa and inflated for President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa.

If the MDC Alliance lodges an application challenging the election result and the courts decide that the group has a case, then the inauguration could be put on hold.

Hwende said, "Our Petition challenging the electoral theft by @edmnangagwa has been filed. Tomorrow the lawyers will speak to the press. No to subversion of the people's will."

Source - Byo24News