Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court declares Mnangagwa as duly elected president

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the SADC Summit
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the SADC Summit

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s win in last month’s polls has been upheld by Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court. The opposition MDC Alliance had brought the legal challenge saying the vote was marred by “mammoth theft and fraud”, but this was rejected by the court.

Delivering the verdict, Chief Justice Luke Malaba called allegations of tampering bold and unsubstantiated.

The application was dismissed with costs.

Chamisa’s lawyers accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of inflating Mnangagwa’s vote tally by 69,000 to avoid a runoff, and that the ZEC’s revision of the results was sufficient evidence that fraud occurred. However, the court ruled that they presented no proof of irregularities.

Mnangagwa, is now most likely be inaugurated on Sunday.

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  1. These MDC lawyers behaved the same as the UPND lawyers. They bungled up the case they would probably have won.

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    • LT Editor – IMF has withdrawn its representative to Zambia Dr. Alfredo Baldini as there is no work for him here to advise reckless empty tins of Zambian Enterprise who are headed nowhere but down!!

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    • ECZ & ZEC =same whatsapp group:
      ECZ inflated Lungu’s vote in Lundazi by 27,000 to give him a fake 50+1% & avoid 2nd round election. ZEC has inflated Mnangagwa’s vote tally by 69,000.
      PF was named after Zanu-PF due to Sata’s admiration for Mugabe’s & zanu-pf cadre violence, election rigging, imprisoning opposition, abuse of police, national broadcaster, tribal politics & dictatorship (whilst destroying the economy).

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    • PRESIDENT ELECT EMERSON WILL BE INAUGURATED – IT’S TOUGH BEING OPPOSITION.
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      Meanwhile our issue here is still the right to be heard. On what? HE wants to check if he really, really won.

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    • Empty tins make a lot of noise. Tribal COALITION will NEVER win an election in Zambia no matter how much Larry Mweetwa barks.

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  2. Let’s wait and hear what the UpAndDown party of Zambia will say. Good precedence. Why did our constitution court took so long to hear the 2016 petition.

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  3. In Africa if you are going to mount a legal challenge on General elections you need to get solid video evidence …don’t just bark like a toothless dog…just look at how handsomely paid Hakainde’s lawyers are win or lose!!

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    • I am not sure if you remember the elections of Albert Gore vs Goerge W. Bush in the United States of America? That election dispute also went to the Supreme Court, and I am sure you remember the results of that case. So, overturning an election by the Courts is extremely difficult. You really need solid evidence of my practice. Conjecture ain’t going to cut it. And it is NOT just an African phinomena.

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  4. Nkani niyo zibika! The margin of error that MDC presented was just too low, Which would not warrant nullification of results and order rerun. The ConCourt expected impeccable evidence from MDC to prove ZANU-PF and ZEC colluded in order to favour Mnangagwa but failed miserably. Chamisa is a cry baby of Zimbabwe!

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  5. Well president munangagwa for following due process, no one ha any excuses for divisions in your country , now zim can rebuild as one.

    President Munangagwa could have used technicalities to suspend the petition like lungu but I suppose has has nothing to hide and uniting the country is more important to him. After all he was confident of his win.

    Well done president munangagwa..

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    • He has no choice as he would not have received loans from IMF and EU…he needs the money for rebuilding and most importantly keep those chaps in the barracks happy!!!

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    • Yeah Jay Jay (also called Gay gay for a reason I don’t know and to be fair it ain’t my business) you are right, like Mushota I will also just be saying you are right, Lungu is right, and everyone is right. But another complexity for Mnangagwa is the Mugabe factor and Grace and the G40 or A-Team, they are yearning for his blood. Mugabe doesn’t know what hit him and he’s still in shock.

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    • analyser – as usual posting tommyrot and gibberish …you just want to squeeze as much your feces in a coke bottle and click the submit comment button.

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    • But I am just agreeing with you though in a very unconventional way. There’s no need for you to behave like Amos Chanda. Like Mushota always says, ” be nice”, and she’s right and Lungu is right, Dora Siliya is also right.

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    • If you are confident that you won, what is 14 days , 30 days or 2 months for the sake of unity ……lungu rushed to even get him self inaugurated by a clerk after the chief refused to be rushed…

      Here president munangagwa was confident of his win and did not mind any evidence chimesa presented…as they say if a rapist refuses a DNA test , something he is afraid of…

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  6. hh must start preparing for 2026. 2021 it is practically impossible. He will miss like chamisa

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    • Chamisa doesn’t have the numbers in Parley …they might even bar him if they have their way!!

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  7. So when is he travelling for the inauguration ceremony? That is what is relevant to me, because he uses my money each time he travels, my tax. The merits and demerits of wether the guy in Zimbabwe won or not does not concern me, hence I am even wondering the baseless points you are all posting.

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    • State House Butler: The big man is packing his suitcase…please please do not disturb him with Amos V BUFFOON CK nonsense…he is attending to pressing (laundry) issues.

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  8. Waste of time going to court. Court ruling can be ignored. The constitutional court in Zambia ruled the ministers should pay back the money they obtained by false pretences. Up to now zero Kwacha has been paid back.

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    • Zambians are a docile gullible people like snoozing Ugandans..every soon you will be taxed for facebook!!

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    • That is Zambia under the fraud convict lawyer lungu…….no law is above him.

      If lungu had his way, corruption would be legalised and the term corruption banned and called social mobility….

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    • Jay Jay or Jay-Z you’re not very happy today. That’s the impression I get. Well we all have such days.

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  9. The 14 days is tricky. How do you gather concrete evidence in 14 days? It’s not worthy spending money on such cases.

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    • THE PETITION GAMES part 3: Same story in the great house of stones. The real problem is these petitions are done to appease sponsors who are promised huge concessions of the particular nation. ECZ for example allows all and every political party to put agents in any polling station, therefore any irregularity can be spotted instantly and solid evidence taken to court. The reality is those irregularities don’t exist, it’s udually administrative errors which doesn’t affect the actual ballots. What follows is a media circus targeted at the winner who can’t be manipulated by the shadowy sponsors hell bent on regime change.

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  10. Akainde had 14 days and he used it up on preliminaries. Under 5 failure.
    Congratulations to this Croc.

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  11. ED for life! Tested leaderships is like the devil you know who happens to be better than the angel you dont know. Chamisa is too young to lead Zim, let him try again in 2023 or so

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    • Which ED is for life? Is it Eddie Lungu or Edward Daka of some sort or what? How can one person be for life. George Reader you need to go and read more so that you can start to make sense.

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  12. That’s the way to settle election disputes, not by instructing your supporters to beat and kill those perceived to be supporters of your opponent. That’s the way real lawyers handle an election petition, not by wasting valuable time by raising preliminary issues until the last day. Zimbabwe may soon be ahead of Zambia because we’ve stiff-necked politicians that overate themselves

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  13. Lack of analytical minds among Zambians is major thorn in Zambian lives. There is completely no similarities in the day light robbery of elections executed by PF in 2016 and the subsequent incompetence displayed by the Zambian Constitutional Court during the petition to situation in Zimbabwe. UPND had clear evidence of manipulation of election results which currently Zambians are very much aware of. It is the more reason why PF didn’t want the evidence brought out in court but instead used their uncivilized and primitive ways to justify what transpired. As long as Zambians remain with these levels of biased reasoning without following the truth, the country will continue digging its grave

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    • What evidence?? Which polling station had stuffed ballots or something like that?? upnd had NOTHING!!! They had agents in all major polling stations, meaning they opened the stations with all players, counted the ballots together and confirmed results together. WHERE DID THE RIGGING TAKE PLACE?? That’s why it took the 6 days to serve the respondents, THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE AS NOTHING CONCRETE EXISTED!!!

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    • Now Gay Jay and his HH must disappear. They need to go far away where we cannot see them, please.

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