Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court declares Mnangagwa as duly elected president

The Independent in Feature Main News Politics         Chief Justice Luke Malaba

The Independent in Feature Main News Politics Chief Justice Luke Malaba

"Therefore, the application ought to be dismissed and a result the following order is made, the application is dismissed with costs, in terms of section 93 (4) paragraph two of the constitution, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is duly declared the victor of the Presidential elections held on the 30th of July 2018", declared Malaba.

Robert Mugabe's successor Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won the July 30 election with 50.8 percent of the vote just enough to meet the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off against Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent.

Instead, the vote left the nation polarised, with Nelson Chamisa, who leads the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), mounting the legal challenge and violence flaring on the streets of Harare.

According to the official results, Mnangagwa won almost 51 percent of the vote to defeat MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, who received just over 44 percent.

He wants the court to dismiss the Mr Chamisaaaaa's application and uphold his victory saying a dismissal order was appropriate given the fact that the petition was void of evidence and replete with flagrant procedural irregularities.

Chamisa insisted he won the election, adding he "will not allow" Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF Party to "bastardize the results".

"On the 2nd of August, the applicant knew that he was an aggrieved party therefore time was on his side to obtain election residue to later use in court as evidence", he said.

Mnangagwa called on the opposition to work with him for unity, peace and the progress of Zimbabwe.

Chamisa's comments will do little to ease tension in a country that has been caught up in disputed polls since the MDC contested its first election in 2000.

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The MDC said it will "act within the law" in response to the Constitutional Court ruling. "Your will is sacred & we'll listen to you on the path of peace & course of action to be taken to rescue our handsome Zimbabwe from the jaws of poverty, corruption & dishonesty".

The Zimbabwean constitution specifies that for a presidential candidate to get a mandate to form a government, he or she must get at least 50% plus one of the vote.

"The legal door is not the only door to happiness", he said.

The president called for peace on his Twitter feed Friday, after the ruling was delivered.

Mnangagwa's inauguration is on Sunday in the capital, Harare.

His inauguration will take place on Sunday.

The court's ruling can not be appealed. But more so the verdict of the people who overwhelmingly voted for Nelson Chamisa, for transformation, opportunities and prosperity in their beloved country.

Zimbabwe's constitutional court is ruling Friday afternoon on the main opposition's challenge to the results of last month's historic presidential election.

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