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ZIMBABWE: Constitutional Crisis Looms As Opposition Plan To Swear In Chamisa

By Published September 10, 2018

As Zimbabwe’s newly sworn in president Emmerson Mnangagwa struggle for credibility following the disputed elections of July 30, opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has announced plans to swear in its leader Nelson Chamisa as the legitimately elected president of Zimbabwe.

Dismissing suggestions of illegality, MDC-T presidential spokesperson Dr. Nkululeko Sibanda says the 2.6 million Zimbabweans who voted for Chamisa will install ‘the people’s president’ on Saturday, 15 September.

Chamisa confirmed the development when he addressed his supporters in Chitungwiza last weekend.

“Next week, the MDC family will celebrate its 19th anniversary as a party, we sat down and discussed the issue on election theft. We want to conclude this matter,” Chamisa was quoted as saying.

“The leadership is saying that the person who was voted for by the people should be inaugurated by the people.

“We are not joking; this is not a joke. Yes, you can have the military might, but no military might can defeat the popular vote.

“You can have false institutions but; no false institution can ever replace a popular will.”

Mnangagwa’s election victory was confirmed by the Constitutional Court on August 26, after it dismissed a challenge by Chamisa who lost the presidential vote to Emmerson Mnangagwa by 44.3% to 50.7%, respectively.

Zanu PF Central Committee member, Believe Gaule, says the MDC will be committing treason if it goes ahead with the “swearing-in” ceremony.

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