#2018ZimElections: Chamisa files court challenge to election result

Tendai Biti

A day after Zimbabwe's opposition alliance filed its challenge to Emmerson Mnangagwa's win in elections in July, the European Union (EU) observer mission has announced that 40 members of its team will fly back home on Sunday.

In his application court challenge, Chamisa cited Mnangagwa as the first respondent, ZEC, and all other 22 presidential contestants as respondents as well.

"We will rest when this country is liberated", said Jameson Timba, a senior member of the MDC, told reporters outside the Constitutional Court in Harare after party lawyers with boxes of paperwork.

"If the MDC Alliance files before the deadline, then the Constitutional Court will have the final decision to stop the inauguration or allow it to be conducted within a period of 14 days".

"The inauguration is no longer going ahead (on Sunday) as planned", Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told AFP.

"Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

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Ms. Nauert said the USA government is also gravely concerned by credible reports of numerous detentions, beatings, and other abuses of Zimbabweans over the past week, particularly targeting opposition activists.

Analysts say that the legal challenge has little chance of success given the courts' historic tilt towards ZANU-PF, which has ruled since independence from British colonial rule in 1980.

The opposition MDC lodged a legal challenge to last weeks election, alleging widespread irregularities.

Supporters of the MDC took to the streets on August 1 to protest against the alleged fraud, triggering a brutal response from the military which opened fire on the demonstrators, leaving six people dead.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

"Zimbabwe faces a bad threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court.

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