#2018ZimElections: Chamisa files court challenge to election result

Lester Mason
August 11, 2018

The challenge to the election result comes one day after MDC Alliance politician Tendai Biti appeared in court on charges of inciting violence.

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.

The inauguration was postponed as soon as the challenge was filed less than an hour before the court closed for the weekend.

Posting on his blog twitter handle, Chamisa said: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers.We have a good case and cause!"

Some of the lawyers who filed the papers for Chamisa include, Chris Mhike, Douglas Coltart, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, Advocate Dali Mpofu and Advocate Sylvester Hashiti.

The MDC reported that its foreign lawyers had initially been denied entry into the Constitutional Court on work permit grounds.

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, delaying the inauguration of Mnangagwa which was scheduled for Sunday. Six died after soldiers opened fire on the protesters in a response the opposition alliance called "disproportionate and unjustified".


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

"The Government of Zimbabwe is now responsible for Tendai Biti's safety and welfare".

Aware of the potential damage to Zimbabwe's image, Mnangagwa said he had intervened to ensure Biti was released. The opposition said the result was rigged.

But the MDC Alliance say the security forces have launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed poll.

US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said the decision to deport Mr Biti is particularly disheartening given the courage that Zambia showed in sheltering thousands of Zimbabwean freedom fighters from Rhodesian aggression in the days of Zimbabwe's independence struggle.

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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