Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mnangagwa's Sunday inauguration called off

Mnangagwa's Sunday inauguration called off

"All proceedings are suspended pending the determination of the Constitutional Court".

"The inauguration is no longer going ahead as planned", Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said, after the opposition filed the challenge on Friday.

Despite the contentious election result, the state-owned Herald newspaper has reported that President-elect Emmerson Mnangwagwa will be inaugurated on Sunday, 12 August.

The election, the first since the army's removal of 94-year-old ex-president Robert Mugabe last November, passed off relatively smoothly but its aftermath revealed the deep rifts in Zimbabwean society and the instinctive heavy-handedness of the security forces.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party said on Friday it was confident that Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa had no case after he challenged presidential election results in court.

Chamisa, leader of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

Jameson Timba, a senior member of the MDC, said his party "will rest when this country is liberated".

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

The latest developments mean the planned inauguration of President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa, can not go ahead today as scheduled as the court has to deal with the matter first.

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

Worldwide monitors largely praised the conduct of the election itself, although European Union observers said that Mnangagwa, a former ally of Mugabe, benefited from an "un-level playing field" and a degree of voter intimidation. We have a good case and cause!

The conduct of the election was largely deemed sound by global monitors, but representatives of the European Union noted Mnangagwa benefited from an "un-level playing field" and some voter intimidation.

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased".

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

Also on Friday, lawyers for opposition figure Tendai Biti asked judges to throw out charges against him over the protests against alleged election fraud, in a case raising further worldwide concern about the new government.

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