Ignore Chamisa’s court challenge, Zanu PF tells supporters

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By Staff Reporter

ZANU PF party has urged its supporters to ignore the opposition MDC Alliance Constitutional Court petition challenging the presidential election results announced by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) last week.

The court filing meant that the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, scheduled for this Sunday had to be called off.

Addressing the media at the ruling party’s head office in Harare Sunday, Zanu PF national commissar Engelbert Rugeje said the opposition’s petition does not affect other scheduled national events.

“Some people think that because of the poll petition, other national events have also been postponed or cancelled,” he said.

“To our supporters, celebrating our heroes and heroines on Monday (Heroes Day) and the Defence Forces Day on Tuesday (13-14 August) is paramount to those who died for the struggle to liberate the nation.

“These celebrations will take place in all provinces. I would want to encourage all our supporters to come and celebrate our revolutionaries who departed.”

Zanu PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared winner of last month’s presidential election with 50.8 percent of the both against 44.3 percent for main challenger Nelson Chamisa.

The opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa however, last Friday, filed a Constitutional Court challenge against the poll outcome.

His lawyers are alleging “gross mathematical errors” and calling for a fresh vote or a declaration that Chamisa was the winner.

The filing brings more uncertainty to a country that had hoped the peaceful vote would begin a new era but has been rocked since then by scenes of military in the streets and opposition supporters harassed and beaten.

The court now has 14 days to rule on the matter.