Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

Clay Curtis
August 11, 2018

Mnangagwa's inauguration on Sunday now, of course, won't go ahead as planned.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa addresses a media conference following the announcement of election results in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 3, 2018.

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, delaying the inauguration of Mnangagwa which was scheduled for Sunday.

"Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

The MDC Alliance's legal representatives‚ Chris Mhike and Sylvester Hashiti‚ and his chief election agent‚ Jameson Timba‚ arrived at the court about 30 minutes before the courts closed for the end of the day at 4pm to file the papers.

By narrowly winning more than 50% of the vote Mr Mnangagwa, a member of the ruling Zanu-PF party, avoided a run-off election against Mr Chamisa. "There is no inauguration that will take place until the matter is determined by the court".

"At the moment, we are not moving forward because according to the Constitution we should wait for seven days after declaration of the results so that if there is anyone who wants to appeal against the results, they do so", President Mnangagwa said.

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On August 1, soldiers opened fire on MDC protesters, killing six people and sparking an global outcry.

"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.

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

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention.

In recent days, the United States has criticised the treatment of opposition supporters and in particular key opposition figure Tendai Biti, who has been arrested in connection with the post-election violence.

The president, the ZANU-PF party and the electoral commission have denied all charges of cheating.

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