Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

"The inauguration is no longer going ahead (on Sunday) as planned", Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told AFP.

In his application court challenge, Chamisa cited Mnangagwa as the first respondent, ZEC, and all other 22 presidential contestants as respondents as well. The opposition said the result was rigged.

Chamisa's legal team arrived at the Constitutional Court at the eleventh hour with members of the media having been in wait for at least half a day. We have a good case and cause!

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency.

According to ZEC, the President elect secured 50.8 percent of the votes against his closest rival, Chamisa's 43.3 percent.

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The results of the presidential election were announced on Friday last week by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Chamisa's lawyer Thabani Mpofu said he had asked the Constitutional Court to nullify the July 30 vote and that his court application meant Mnangagwa's swearing-in had been halted.

The Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that his country is open for business, but this new law - the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act - could scupper those plans as far as the United States is concerned.

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 foreign affairs ministry on Tuesday said the inauguration was scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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

But the MDC say the security forces have launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed poll. Six died after soldiers opened fire on the protesters in a response the opposition alliance called "disproportionate and unjustified".

"Zimbabwe faces a bad threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court before his case was adjourned until next week.

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention. "We call on Zimbabwe's leaders to guarantee Mr. Biti's physical safety and ensure his constitutional and human rights are respected, consistent with the rule of law and Zimbabwe's global obligations and commitments", she said.

It said it had received numerous complaints of "hunting down" and intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

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