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'Chamisa, my door is open,' Mnangagwa invited - to what end, another de facto one-party dictatorship

26 Aug 2018 at 23:07hrs | Views
The International Commission of Jurists under the auspices of the African Judges and Jurists Forum has endorsed the Constitutional Court Judgment which declared President ED Mnangagwa the duly elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

In a statement released yesterday, the AJJF said that it had taken cognisant of the decision of the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court in dismissing the application challenging the presidential elections that were held on 30 July, 2018.

On 22 August 2018, the AJJF sent a delegation of two eminent Judges and Jurists. These included retired Chief Justice Earnest Sakala of Zambia, Justice Isaac Lenaola of the Supreme Court of Kenya and Mr Martin Okumu Masiga, Secretary-General of the AJJF. The delegation attended Court and observed the presidential petition brought by Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC-Alliance), who sought the nullification of the presidential elections. Members of the mission were present in Court on 24 August 2018, when the Constitutional Court reached a unanimous decision to dismiss the application, for amongst other reasons, what it said was a lack of credible primary evidence.

The AJJF commended the Court for conducting a transparent judicial process which gave all the parties the opportunity to be heard and safeguard due process consistent with the Constitution, National laws of Zimbabwe and its international human rights obligations.

A full report of the mission will be published and made publicly available as soon as possible.

Walter Nyabadza is a Zimbabwean lawyer and writes in his personal capacity. You can contact him on nyabadzawalter@yahoo.com or 0771 725 704.

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