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Chamisa vs Mnangagwa judgement to be handed on 24 August

by Staff reporter
22 Aug 2018 at 18:02hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will deliver judgement in Nelson Chamisa's petition seeking to overturn the presidential election result on 24 August 2018.
The court reserves judgement to 14:00 on August 24, 2018

The Court was hearing a legal challenge seen as unlikely to succeed despite allegations of vote fraud

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has accused the ruling Zanu-PF party and the election commission of rigging the July 30 vote, Zimbabwe's first poll since the ousting of Robert Mugabe last year.

Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, won with 50.8% of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3%.

"We have a very strong case and we are going to reverse the electoral fraud," Chamisa told reporters this week.

"We are going to defend your vote, our vote, the people's vote. We have no doubt that victory is certain."

Mnangagwa, who has vowed to turn around Zimbabwe's ruined economy, hoped the elections would draw a line under Mugabe's repressive 37-year rule.

The election campaign was more open than previous votes, but was marred by the army opening fire on protesters, killing six, allegations of vote-rigging and a crackdown on opposition activists.

"I won the court case before it began," Mnangagwa said on the sidelines of a regional summit in Namibia at the weekend.

"It's declared free and fair... why would I ever think that I will lose?"

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