HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday pledged to
re-equip and modernize the country’s defense forces and improve
the conditions of service of military personnel.
Officiating at the
38th anniversary of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Day,
Mnangagwa said some of the equipment being used by the defense
forces was old.
is committed to progressively and comprehensively addressing the
conditions of service of our defense forces, inclusive of their
housing needs as the economy improves. In addition, my
administration will also pay attention to the equipping of our
forces with new equipment.
“Currently some of
the equipment in their possession dates back 30 years,” he said.
bedeviling the country have not spared the military, with some
officers struggling to find decent accommodation.
Mnangagwa once again
urged Zimbabweans to remain peaceful in the aftermath of the
July 30 elections which had taken a violent turn after some
opposition supporters protested against the perceived delay in
announcing the results.
urges nation to now focus on economy after polls
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday urged
Zimbabweans to now focus on rebuilding the economy following the
July 30 polls whose outcome is being contested by the opposition
MDC Alliance in court.
In a speech to
commemorate the country’s departed heroes and heroines who
sacrificed their lives for the attainment of Zimbabwe’s
independence from Britain in 1980, Mnangagwa said the time for
politics was over and all efforts should now be placed on
reviving the economy for Zimbabwe to become a middle-income
economy by 2030.
“It is now time to
put elections behind us and for us to embrace the future. The
task facing us today is a great one. Let us unite as
Zimbabweans, revive our economy and rebuild our great nation,”
He urged Zimbabweans
to shun political differences and unite for the good of the
“It is indeed
important for us to close ranks and collectively push forward
the national agenda and forge our country to new frontiers of
economic development. Let us move forward with single
mindedness, determination and unity of purpose,” he said.
He reiterated that
Zimbabwe held a free, fair and credible election despite
opposition claims that the election outcome was rigged in his
The opposition MDC
Alliance president Nelson Chamisa on Friday filed a
constitutional court petition challenging Mnangagwa’s victory, a
move that stalled his inauguration planned for Agu.12.
According to the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Mnangagwa polled 50.8
percent of the vote, against his nearest rival Chamisa’s 44.3
Chamisa is claiming
that ZEC tampered with the votes to deny him victory in an
election he also says was marred with several irregularities.
He wants the
constitutional court to either declare him the winner or call
for a fresh election.
In his address
Mnangagwa once again blamed the MDC Alliance for instigating the
post-election violence on Aug. 1 that resulted in the death of
six civilians when soldiers opened fire to disperse the
He urged political
parties in the country to remain peaceful and to always strive
to do that which is in the public good and in the national
Mnangagwa urged the
nation to continuously cherish the political independence from
Britain and always safeguard national security and territorial
“Let us never allow
our differences to separate us, cause animosity or stir violence
among us,” he said.
The nation, he said,
should also strive to develop solutions to its challenges in its
quest to grow the economy.
“At the national
level we will continue to scale up efforts to attract investment
into our country and ensure we become the prime investment
destination for increased wealth creation and decent jobs,” he
Zimbabwe ruling party files
opposing papers against
opposition bid to nullify presidential election result
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean ruling ZANU-PF on Wednesday filed
papers at the Constitutional Court opposing the application made
by the opposition MDC-Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa seeking to
nullify the result of the presidential election won by President
Chamisa wants the
court to either declare him winner or order a re-run of the
Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said the opposition party did not have
a case and was merely grandstanding.
He said that he was
confident that the Constitutional Court would deal with the
matter soon to pave the way for Mnangagwa’s inauguration.
“He has to be
inaugurated because he is a legitimately elected President of
this country,” he said.
Lewis Uriri, also
representing Mnangagwa, said the opposition did not have
evidence of what it was alleging were irregularities in the July
30 election in which Mnangagwa won 50.8 percent of the votes
against Chamisa’s 44.3 percent.
“They are no more
than clowns coming to court to play the game that ought to be
played elsewhere. It’s a waste of the time of the people of
Zimbabwe; yet it’s their right to be heard and we have no doubt
that they will fail to prove what they allege because they have
no evidence of what they allege,” he said.
Mnangagwa was due to
be inaugurated on Aug. 12 but the legal action taken by the
opposition two days earlier scuttled the plans.
Court has up to 14 days to come up with a ruling and if anyone
is declared winner of the presidential election, he will be
inaugurated in the following 48 hours.
Zimbabwe opposition MDC
Alliance files court challenge on Mnangagwa victory
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The Zimbabwe opposition MDC Alliance on Friday
filed its application with the Constitutional Court seeking the
nullification of the victory of incumbent President Emmerson
Mnangagwa in the July 30 polls.
electoral authorities, Mnangagwa won 50.8 percent of the vote,
beating his main rival, Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance, who
has rejected the results, saying they were fraudulent.
“The application has
been lodged. We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the
presidential election was not properly conducted, it was not
done in terms of the constitution, it was not conducted in terms
of the Electoral Act and it was not conducted in terms of
standards of fairness, transparency and accountability,”
Chamisa’s lawyer Thabani Mpofu told reporters.
also seek a declaration to the effect that the announcement made
by Justice Priscilla Chigumba declaring Emmerson Mnangagwa as
the duly elected President of Zimbabwe is faulty at law. It is
null and void and must be set aside,” Mpofu said.
He said the
opposition is seeking the court to declare the proper winner and
“that proper winner is my client (Chamisa).”
“In the alternative,
we seek that there be another election which complies with the
dictates of the law and which complies with the letter and
spirit of the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” the lawyer said.
should file their opposing papers within three days and the
court must hear and determine the matter within 14 days.
The court challenge
effectively stops the planned inauguration of Mnangagwa on
UN chief monitoring forced
return of Zimbabwe opposition leader
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres watched
with concern Thursday the situation in Zimbabwe following the
alleged forced return of an opposition leader seeking asylum in
“We’ll monitor the
situation to see what has happened since his refoulement,”
Farhan Haq, Guterres’ deputy spokesman, told reporters at UN
Headquarters, referring to Tendai Biti, the senior opposition
denied asylum in Zambia and returned to his home country.
Biti fled Zimbabwe
while police were looking for him and other opposition leaders
for allegedly instigating violence last week sparked by the
long-time ruling party Zanu-PF winning the recent elections.
politician, Biti, was refouled from Zambia to Zimbabwe and of
course we would be concerned about it if there was any
mistreatment,” Haq said.
Six people died in
the protests following the first election after long-time,
94-year-old President Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military
coup last year. Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF leader, was elected,
defeating Nelson Chamisa, Movement for Democratic Change, (MDC)
“UNHCR, the UN
Refugee Agency, says it is gravely concerned about reports of
the forced return of a Zimbabwean asylum-seeker by Zambia to his
country of origin,” said Haq. “It is reported that the
authorities handed him over to his country of origin today
(Thursday) despite a court order to the contrary.”
said that after Biti’s return and a brief detention he was freed
on 5,000 U.S. dollar bail
forcibly returning refugees and asylum-seekers to their country
of origin is a serious violation of international refugee law,”
the spokesman said. “UNHCR calls on Zambia to investigate this
reported incident urgently.”
Emmerson Mnangagwa of ruling ZANU-PF is elected President
Zimbabwe delays Mnangagwa inauguration after opposition