Chamisa chooses peace as Zimbabweans react to ConCourt verdict

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance has accepted the constitutional court verdict that dismissed their election petition, and confirmed the electoral victory of president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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In delivering a summary of the judgment on Friday, Chief Justice Luke Malaba cited lack of evidence on the part of the petitioners and failure to discharge the burden of proof on them.

“It is not for the court to decide elections, it is the duty of the people…therefore the application is dismissed with costs. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is duly elected President of Zimbabwe ,” said the Chief Justice.

I once again reiterate my call for peace and unity above all. Nelson Chamisa, my door is open and my arms are outstretched, we are one nation, and we must put our nation first.

MDC had insisted that its candidate Nelson Chamisa won the November 30 presidential election, arguing that the president (first respondent) had benefitted from irregularities in the voting process.

Chamisa reacts

In a series of tweets following the verdict, MDC said his party respects the rule of law and consequently the verdict of the court.

‘‘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,’‘ Chamisa tweeted.

Chamisa himself tweeted saying the party will ‘listen listen to you on the path of peace & course of action to be taken’.

‘‘I hear your cries & feel your pain. I know you feel cheated, but take heart — your victory is not lost,’‘ read part of the tweet.

Mnangagwa reaches out to opposition

President Mnangagwa also used his Twitter account to say his party was ‘not surprised by the court’s decision’.

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

‘‘I once again reiterate my call for peace and unity above all. Nelson Chamisa, my door is open and my arms are outstretched, we are one nation, and we must put our nation first.’‘

Zimbabweans react

After a tense, hotly contested election, the first in the post-Mugabe era, where at least six people were killed in post voting violence, Zimbabweans reacted to the court versict with anger and resignation at the fact that they are being called upon to move on and put the electioneering period behind them.

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