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MDC Alliance confusion: One statement accepts Con-Court ruling; another angrily rejects outcome

By Staff Reporter


THE opposition MDC Alliance appeared to be in disarray late Friday, issuing contradictory statements over the decision by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) to dismiss is challenge against the July 30 elections.

Asked about the apparent confusion; a spokesman for MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa said; “One is a fake and the other real.”

However, both statements were sent from the same MDC party email address as the screenshots below indicate;

 

 

 

 

The full bench of the ConCourt, threw out Chamisa’s application to have the results of the presidential ballot overturned on the basis that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) had connived with Zanu PF to announce “fake” results in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In a statement following the verdict the opposition pre-election MDC director of communications Luke Tamborinyoka welcomed the decision of the court.

“Zimbabweans have just received with a heavy heart the Constitutional court verdict that Emmerson Mnangagwa was legitimately elected president of Zimbabwe in the just-ended harmonized plebiscite,” said Tamborinyoka.

However, while Tamborinyoka was announcing the party would accept the ruling, a statement issued through Chamisa’s spokesperson Dr Nkululeko Sibanda was sounding the drum of war.

Sibanda’s statement rejected the ConCourt decision.

Nelson Chamisa’s spokesman Dr Nkululeko Sibanda

“The MDC notes with grave concern and rejects today’s evidently captured decision of the Constitutional Court to endorse a patently sham election and to entrench an illegitimate regime that used brazen subterfuge and brutal violence to steal the people’s vote,” said Sibanda.

“The struggle for democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in Zimbabwe has been failed by the rule of men who put themselves above the law with impunity.”

Sibanda said Chief Justice Luke Malaba had shown little appetite to afford Chamisa a fair hearing while Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi had abused his position to frustrate the opposition leader’s lawyers especially those from South Africa.

He added: “There is no reasonable court, committed to the attainment of justice for all, that can accept that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) acted lawfully in issuing three different sets of results.”

Sibanda declared the opposition party would announced a program of action in the coming days.

“Over the next few days, we will be announcing a vigorous programme of action in response to this electoral theft of the century. Specifically, we are going to show Mr. Mnangagwa and the world that the peaceful masses have rejected him. They will never accept him,” in an ominous threat.

On the other hand Tamborinyoka said Chamisa and his legal team mounted a formidable case on behalf of the people of Zimbabwe; “a case of chicanery and electoral pilferage that was vindicated by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s embarrassing revision of its own declared results for a record three times.”

MDC director of communications Luke Tamborinyoka

“As a party and as an Alliance, we believe in the rule of law and we respect the verdict of the courts; more so the verdict of the people Zimbabwe who overwhelmingly voted for president Nelson Chamisa; for transformation; for opportunities and for prosperity in their beloved country,” the statement said.

He added the party will respect the verdict.

“Our unstinting belief in the rule of law means we shall not only respect the verdict of the Bench but we shall also doggedly pursue all constitutionally permissible avenues to ensure that the sovereign will of the people is protected and guaranteed,” said Tamborinyoka.

The opposition party called for calm but suggested it would pursue “other avenues.”

See the respective statements below; 

MDC accepts court ruling:

Luke-Tamborinyoka-Statement

MDC Alliance rejects decision;

MDC-Alliance-Rejects-Captured-Concourt-Ruling