BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
It's game on! The MDC Alliance late Friday afternoon, just under 30 minutes before the official close of business at the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in Harare at 4pm, lodged its papers challenging the results of the presidential election which the electoral management body, ZEC, declared was won by President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Lawyers representing the alliance's candidate, Nelson Chamisa successfully filed their papers and paid the required $5 000 fee challenging the 'victory' by Mnangagwa, who came to power last November on the back of a soft military coup that ended Robert Mugabe's 37-year iron-fisted rule on Zimbabwe.
President-elect Mnangagwa's inauguration, initially tentatively set for this Sunday had no political party challenged the election result by today (10 Aug), has been scuttled following the latest development.
Government had since started inviting dignitaries who include diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe for the inauguration of the President-elect.
The alliance has assembled a team of competent legal minds who include foreign-based advocates and locals in an attempt to reverse the poll outcome. It claims it has compiled an "irrefutable dossier" to buttress it claims of rigging and electoral fraud.
The ConCourt has up to 14 day to make its determination, to either nullify the result or endorse it.
Despite the contention in alleged rigging of the vote, the post-electoral period has dented Mnangagwa's, otherwise, seemingly easy walk to State House.
While the pre-election and voting itself was largely peaceful, protests in the aftermath of the watershed plebiscite, which were met with heavy-handedness by the army, left three people dead, according to police figures, although the number of fatalities is reportedly higher at six.
What triggered the violent demonstrations in Harare are the suspiciously high numbers announced by ZEC for House of Assembly results in favour of Zanu PF which bagged 145 seats.
In some cases, the figures were more than registered voters in those constituencies taking into account that the voter turnout was estimated at 75%.
Woes continued to mount this week for Mnangagwa and his administration after the United States government led by President Donald Trump renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe, thereby making it ineligible for international financing from key global funders. TOP NEWS.
…as Chamisa contests ED, Zanu PF election victory
The United States of America President Donald Trump yesterday signed the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act of 2018 (S 2779) into law, effectively tightening the noose on President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa's government and dampening hopes of re-engagement with the international community to jumpstart the country's comatose economy.
The new law, which amends the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001, effectively extends US sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Its signing follows the passing of Zidera by the US Senate and Congress last month ahead of Zimbabwe's July 30 polls.
The announcement was made by the White House in a statement yesterday which flies into Mnangagwa's hopes of re-engagement to end the country's international pariah status.
"On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the President signed into law: S 2779, the 'Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act of 2018,' which amends the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001," the statement read.
Zimbabwe has been under US sanctions since 2001 when the world economic giant imposed measures to punish former President Robert Mugabe's government for gross human rights abuses and following the chaotic land reform programme.
Mnangagwa, who took over from Mugabe on the back of a military operation last November, had been desperate for international acceptance to lure investors and revive the economy.
The US had indicated it would evaluate its foreign policy on Zimbabwe after the holding of free, fair and credible elections.
The polls have been contested with the main opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa claiming massive electoral fraud, rigging and intimidation of voters.
Chamisa, through his lawyers, this Friday was expected to file his petition at the Constitutional Court in a bid to annul the announcement that Mnangagwa won. The 40-year-old opposition leader claims he won but ZEC, in collusion with Zanu PF, manipulated the figures to give Mnangagwa a slim victory of 50, 8% against his 44, 3%.
Chamisa argues he has enough evidence to overturn the presidential poll result and stop Mnangagwa's inauguration to State House, which was initially scheduled for this Sunday.
Meanwhile, the MDC Alliance has announced plans to challenge results in 21 constituencies, where it claims there was massive rigging, as it seeks to overturn Zanu PF's two-thirds parliamentary majority.
MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the development, saying they would file the petitions after the Heroes' holiday.
Meanwhile, MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti, who was this week deported from Zambia following his attempt to get asylum in that country, appeared in court Thursday and granted $5 000 bail, coupled with stringent conditions.
Biti had attempted to flee Zimbabwe alleging his life was in danger from the State which was hunting him down for various offences, among them inciting violence and illegally announcing presidential election results.
His deportation by Zambian authorities, ostensibly under instruction from President Edgar Lungu, has received international condemnation as the northern neighbour is accused of flouting international law relating to political refugees.-Online/ NEWSANCHOR REPORTER. TOP NEWS.
BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
The under-fire Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it is in the process of verifying returns for the presidential elections from all the polling stations, hinting the exercise takes time to complete.
In a media briefing today, ZEC commissioner, Qubani Moyo, who is the election management body's spokesperson, said the people of Zimbabwe should be patient as the ZEC "meticulously" verifies the tallies from the presidential plebiscite in which the opposition has already claimed victory.
Moyo said the ZEC was guarding against a disputed outcome and was undertaking the vital process alongside chief election agents of all 23 presidential candidates.
Constitutionally, ZEC has up to Saturday to tell the nation the results.
Supporters of MDC Alliance candidate, Nelson Chamisa besieged the streets of Harare yesterday protesting the delayed announcement of results, alleging vote rigging and attempts by ZEC and Zanu PF to manipulate the poll results.
Moyo said he would announce during another press conference at, either, 4pm or 5pm when ZEC would release the official figures of the do-or-die vote to State House.
"We will, by that time, be in a position to tell you when the presidential results will be announced," Moyo told journalists in Harare.
Meanwhile, the army and police maintained a heavy presence in the CBD in anticipation of a recurrence of riots. The State security agents could be seen, in some instances, commandeering citizens out the city centre telling them to go back home.
The protests in the aftermath of the watershed plebiscite, which were met with heavy-handedness by the army, left three people dead, according to police figures, although the number of casualties is reportedly higher at six.
What triggered the violent demonstrations in Harare are the suspiciously high numbers announced by ZEC for House of Assembly results in favour of Zanu PF which has already bagged 145 seats.
In some cases, the figures are more than registered voters in those constituencies taking into account that the voter turnout was estimated at 75%.
ZEC yesterday suspiciously pulled down its official website containing the figures of voters who registered during the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise that preceded compilation of a new voters' roll which the ZEC refused to give opposition parties despite repeated demands.
Moyo defended the move alleging their website had been hacked. TOP NEWS.
Zanu-PF has taken a commanding early lead in National Assembly results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) last night, with the ruling party poised for a comfortable majority in Parliament. Of the 102 National Assembly seats announced by the time of going to print last night, Zanu-PF had bagged 73, MDC-Alliance 28, while one seat went to the National Patriotic Front (NPF).
Zanu-PF won in the following constituencies: Umguza, Mberengwa South, Uzumba, Mberengwa West, Shurugwi North, Mberengwa North, Zvishavane-Ngezi, Zvishavane-Runde, Mutoko East, Chikomba East, Mutoko North, Marondera East,Mutoko South, Mudzi West, Chikomba West, Murehwa West, Insiza South, Lupane West and Gwanda South.
The ruling party also bagged Nkayi South, Chiredzi North, Marondera West, Mudzi North, Masvingo South, Masvingo West, Hwedza South, Chiredzi East, Musikavanhu, Chiredzi South and Chiredzi West.
Other seats that went to Zanu-PF include Gutu South, Mutare North, Muzarabani South, Murehwa North, Buhera West, Chipinge Central, Mhondoro-Mubaira, Umguza, Mberengwa South, Uzumba, Mberengwa West, Shurugwi North, Mberengwa North, Zvishavane-Ngezi, Zvishavane-Runde, Mutoko East, Chikomba East, Mutoko North, Marondera East, Mutoko South, Mudzi West, Chikomba West, Murehwa West, Insiza, Lupane West, Nkayi South, Chiredzi North, Marondera West, Masvingo South, Masvingo West, Hwedza South and Chiredzi East.
Zanu-PF also won the following seats — Mt Darwin North, Mberengwa East, Bindura North, Gokwe Central, Mr Darwin East, Mt Darwin South, Beitbridge East, Chikomba Central, Sanyati, Buhera South, Buhera West, Chimanimani East, Mudzi South, Shurugwi South, Zvimba West, Chakari, Chimanimani West, Mt Darwin West, Guruve North, Mazowe West, Mazowe South, Chipinge South, Hurungwe Central, Zvimba South, Mhangura, Muzarabani North, Rushinga, Goromonzi, Hwedza North, Magunje, Seke, Nkayi North, Chegutu West, Zvimba North, Zvimba East and Mazowe North.
MDC-Alliance won all the seats announced in Harare and Bulawayo, while NPF grabbed Kwekwe Central.
ZEC was expected to announce more results today.-Online. TOP NEWS.
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