Mnangagwa’s inauguration may need to be postponed as MDC arrives at court


Zimbabwe's defeated opposition faced a deadline Friday to file its legal challenge to try to overturn the July 30 election result, which has been mired in fraud allegations and a government crackdown on opponents. "For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, said.

The tightly-contested Zim elections may have been declared over, with the result announced a week ago already, but the battle is far from over as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance is set to take the matter to court with South Africa's Advocate Dali Mpofu right at the forefront of the challenge.

The MDC party alleges that the vote result was rigged and President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow victory was due to a falsified vote count in Zimbabwe's first election since the end of Robert Mugabe's rule.

Mnangagwa's inauguration planned for Sunday was postponed until the court makes its ruling.

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Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

"On the basis of the evidence we have placed before the court, we seek in the main relief to the effect that the court should declare the proper victor and the proper victor is my client", Mpofu told reporters outside.

The Constitutional Court has 14 days from the day the presidential challenge is lodged to render a decision.

"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", Mpofu said.

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Chamisa wants the constitutional court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

They may now need to send apologies just in case someone turns up.

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

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