Zimbabwe votes in first post Mugabe election

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SA's Advocate Dali Mpofu to lead legal team challenging Zim's Mnangagwa election victory – report

South Africa's Advocate Dali Mpofu is reportedly set to lead a legal team to challenge Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF party's victory in the just ended elections – on behalf of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance. The MDC vowed earlier this week to overturn in court, Mnangagwa's narrow election victory, alleging that he won the historic vote via "mammoth theft and fraud".

An AP report said that the southern African country's first election since Robert Mugabe's ousting had been marred by rigging allegations, the army opening fire on opposition demonstrators killing six people, and accusations of a security crackdown on opposition supporters. The MDC had until Friday to lodge its suit after Mnangagwa - formerly a close ally of Mugabe - won 50.8% in last week's vote, just scraping in above the 50% run-off threshold.

Under Zimbabwean law, the deadline for filing the challenge was Friday. The Constitutional Court must rule on the petition within 14 days. According to SABC, Dali Mpofu confirmed that his team will include renowned Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/sas-advocate-dali-mpofu-to-lead-legal-team-challenging-zims-mnangagwa-election-victory-report-20180810
 

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It would be interesting to hear from those who said the EFF were protecting Moyane when Mpofu represented him, is the EFF no longer Zanu's friend?
 

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It would be interesting to hear from those who said the EFF were protecting Moyane when Mpofu represented him, is the EFF no longer Zanu's friend?
Didn't Zanu tell the EFF or Malema to **** off when Malema intimated it was time the old man step down and give others a chance. How is it Mpofu can lead a legal team in Zim, are SA lawyers allowed to practice in Zim
 

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Didn't Zanu tell the EFF or Malema to **** off when Malema intimated it was time the old man step down and give others a chance. How is it Mpofu can lead a legal team in Zim, are SA lawyers allowed to practice in Zim
Interesting point you are raising...
 

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All eyes on Zimbabwe as ConCourt hears election petition

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court is on Wednesday set to hear the petition lodged by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in his bid to overturn President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 elections.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader narrowly lost to Mnangagwa but his party alleges "gross mathematical errors".

The MDC seeks a fresh election or a declaration of Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 vote, according to AP.

A report by the state-owned Herald newspaper says all is set for the hearing, which will be broadcast live on state television after the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) granted a request by the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation to televise proceedings live.
More at: https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimba...-as-concourt-hears-election-petition-20180822
 

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Zim election petition: MDC alleges 'massive doctoring' of the vote

Zimbabwe's opposition argued in the country's top court on Wednesday that the presidential election results must be thrown out, alleging that only "massive doctoring" of the vote had kept Emmerson Mnangagwa in office.

Lawyers for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) launched a blistering attack on the ruling Zanu-PF party and the election commission over the July 30 ballot - Zimbabwe's first election since the ousting of Robert Mugabe last year.

"There is a massive cover-up. There has been a massive doctoring of evidence," Thabani Mpofu, representing the MDC, told the court.

Mnangagwa, Mugabe's former ally, won the election with 50.8% of the vote - just enough to meet the 50% threshold needed to avoid a run-off against MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3%.




More at: https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimba...lleges-massive-doctoring-of-the-vote-20180822
 

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'A runoff is unavoidable,' MDC lawyer tells court

Zimbabwe's capital was under tight security on Wednesday as the Constitutional Court began to hear the main opposition party's challenge to the results of last month's historic presidential election.

Police barricaded the streets around the court in central Harare amid high tensions over the crucial case which will decide if President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory is valid.

The opposition claims the vote had "gross mathematical errors" and it seeks a fresh election or a declaration that its candidate Nelson Chamisa is the winner of the July 30 vote.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared Mnangagwa narrowly won with 50.8% of the vote, avoiding a runoff. Chamisa received 44.3%, the commission said.

The election was the first after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, who stepped down under military pressure in November. Many hoped the peaceful vote would launch a new era for Zimbabwe but two days later six people were killed when the military swept into the capital to disperse opposition protesters.

Western election observers and diplomats condemned the "excessive" use of force. European Union election observers were in court on Wednesday; Mnangagwa badly needs a credible electoral process as a key step in removing international sanctions.

More at: https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/a-runoff-is-unavoidable-mdc-lawyer-tells-court-20180822
 

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Zimbabwe's Chamisa rejects court judgment confirming Mnangagwa president

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader on Saturday rejected a court ruling that confirmed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as winner of the July 30 presidential vote and said he had a legitimate claim to lead the country.


The Constitutional Court dismissed Nelson Chamisa’s challenge on Friday, saying he had failed to prove his allegations of vote fraud.


“I respectfully disagree and reject the position that was arrived at by the Constitutional Court,” Chamisa told reporters in Harare.


“I have a legitimate claim that I should lead Zimbabwe,” Chamisa said, adding that he would not attend Mnangagwa’s inauguration on Sunday.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/af...ourt-judgment-confirming-mnangagwa-president/
 
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