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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa urges
peace and unity after court affirms his presidency

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday he is not surprised by the constitutional court’s decision to confirm him winner of the July 30 presidential poll.

"We were not surprised by the court’s decision. The election results were firmly in line with all the pre-election polling, and were entirely consistent with the final tally of ZESN, the largest body of independent observers," he said in a tweet soon after the court’s ruling.
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Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance seeking to overturn Mnangagwa’s election victory.

Chamisa had challenged the result alleging various electoral irregularities.

Mnangagwa reiterated his call for peace and unity in the country, and extended an olive branch to Chamisa.

"Nelson Chamisa, my door is open and my arms are outstretched, we are one nation, and we must put our nation first.

"Let us all now put our differences behind us. It is time to move forward together," Mnangagwa said.

The MDC Alliance also said it respected the verdict of the top court in the country.

"As a party, we believe in the rule of law and we respect the verdict of the courts," the party said in a tweet.

It also called for peace in the country.

Mnangagwa is set to be inaugurated on Sunday in accordance with the law.

  Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa | Coastweek

HARARE (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa [front right] speaks at a press conference in Harare. Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC Alliance on Saturday threatened street protests demanding poll victory which the Constitutional Court has rejected. Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa seeking to set aside the result of the July 30 presidential election won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. XINHUA PHOTO

 

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Zimbabwe Court dismisses opposition leader’s challenge
to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa seeking to set aside the result of the July 30 presidential election won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

This paves the way for Mnangagwa, who was the first respondent in the matter, to be inaugurated on Sunday in accordance with the law.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared him winner with a revised 50.67 percent of the vote against nearest rival Chamisa’s 44.3 percent.

Chamisa challenged the result alleging various electoral malpractices on the part of Mnangagwa and ZEC.

He sought the court to declare that the presidential election was not conducted in accordance with the law and was not free and fair; that the declaration of Mnangagwa as duly elected was unlawful; and that he be declared duly elected president instead of Mnangagwa.

However, the Constitutional Court, comprising nine judges of the Supreme Court, found otherwise.

Delivering judgement, Chief Justice Luke Malaba said the application was dismissed with costs and that the decision was unanimous.

He said Chamisa had failed to provide the necessary evidence on the allegations he had made against Mnangagwa and ZEC.

"In the final analysis the court finds that the applicant has failed to place before it clear, direct, sufficient and credible evidence that the irregularities that he alleges marred the election process materially existed," he said.

Mnangagwa, who was initially due to be inaugurated on Aug. 12 had Chamisa not lodged the application, will now be inaugurated at the National Sports Stadium in Harare Sunday, with the court upholding his victory.

Malaba said it was not easy to set aside a presidential election on the basis of mere allegations of irregularities.

"It is an internationally accepted principle of election disputes that an election is not set aside easily merely on the basis that irregularities occurred. There is a presumption of validity of an election.

"This is so, also because as long as the election was conducted substantially in terms of the constitution and the governing laws it would have reflected the will of the people. It is not for the court to decide an election.

"t is the people.

"It is the duty of the courts to strive in the public interest to sustain that which the people have expressed their will in," he said.
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Zimbabwean police boost security ahead of court challenge

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwe Republic Police has said it is on high alert ahead of the Presidential election petition hearing at the Constitutional Court Wednesday.

The Constitutional Court will hear MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s challenge in which he seeks the court to nullify the declaration by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that Mnangagwa had won the July 30 presidential election.

Chamisa alleges some irregularities in the conduct of the election and wants the court to either declare him the winner, or alternatively order a re-run of the presidential poll.

According to results released by ZEC, Mnangagwa won the election with 50.8 percent of the vote while Chamisa polled 44.3 percent.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said in a statement that to enhance security and ensure proceedings were not disrupted, roads within the precincts of the Constitutional Court would be barricaded on Wednesday and Thursday.

Members of the public would not be allowed to loiter around the court premises.

The Judicial Service Commission had previously announced that only the road leading to the Constitutional Court would be closed to traffic the whole of Wednesday, but the police have extended the security area.

Journalists covering the case will view proceedings from a special tent where a live feed will be provided as there is limited space in the courtroom to accommodate the huge number of interested people.

"The ZRP and other security services are on high alert and will maintain law and order while ensuring that the public is safe and able to conduct their business in the central business district in a peaceful environment.

"We want to warn all those bent on instigating violence that the law will be applied without fear or favor," Charamba said.

She said the police had noted with concern messages on social media meant to derail the court proceedings.

"Members of the public are implored not to gather or interfere with the processes around the precincts of the Constitutional Court during the same period," she said.

She appealed to citizens to remain calm and peaceful during the period and urged all interested parties to allow the due process of the court to be conducted without any hindrance.

Six people died on Aug. 1 following protests by MDC Alliance supporters who were unhappy about perceived delays by ZEC to announce the election results.
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UPDATES:

Zimbabwe opposition threatens protests after court dismisses challenge

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC Alliance on Saturday threatened street protests demanding poll victory which the Constitutional Court has rejected.

Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa seeking to set aside the result of the July 30 presidential election won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Chamisa told journalists in a press conference that while his party respected the decision of the Constitutional Court, it did not agree with the findings and would use other means to claim its alleged stolen victory.

"Respecting of the decision of the Constitutional Court does not by definition mean accepting it.

"I respectfully disagree and reject the position that was reached at by the Constitutional Court. It does not mean that the Constitutional Court is an infallible institution, they can also make mistakes just like the mistakes that were made by ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission)," Chamisa said.

Chamisa, who garnered 44.3 percent of the vote to Mnangagwa’s 50.67 percent in the poll, said while the legal route had led them to a "dead end", other avenues remained open for the party to explore, high among them protests.

"The political doors are going to be opened very soon. Using our Constitution, we have the right to peaceful protests.

"We have the right to peacefully demonstrate.

"We will exam and execute all those available doors so that we are able to open our way to freedom and justice and that will be done in a very short space of time," he said.

He insisted he got more than 2.6 million votes in the poll while claiming Mnangagwa got less than 2 million.

Mnangagwa is set to be inaugurated on Sunday.
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South Africa urges Zimbabwean parties to accept court ruling over election result

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- The South African government on Friday urged political parties in Zimbabwe to accept a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court that validates the July 30 election result.

All those involved in the court case, in particular the applicants and the respondents, should accept the decision of the court, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said in a statement.

Earlier on Friday, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court dismissed an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa seeking to set aside the result of the election won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, paving the way for Mnangagwa to be inaugurated on Sunday in accordance with the law.

It is important for all parties in Zimbabwe to go forward and work toward lasting peace, unity and prosperity in the country, DIRCO spokesperson Khusela Diko said.

After the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared Mnangagwa winner in the election with a revised 50.67 percent of the vote against nearest rival Chamisa’s 44.3 percent on Aug. 2, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated Mnangagwa and promised to work with the new Zimbabwean government.

South Africa is ready to work with Zimbabwe in the pursuit of closer political, cultural, economic and trade ties, Ramaphosa said.
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Chinese president’s special envoy to attend
Zimbabwe Presidential inauguration

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy Su Hui, also vice chairperson of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), will attend Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential inauguration ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sunday, at the invitation of the president, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang announced Saturday.
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