Huge BLOW for ED, told to wait until court decision, he gets No congratulations at SADC Summit

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (C) salutes during the Heroes Day

commemorations held at the National Heroes Acre in Harare August 13, 2018. – Zimbabwe

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday called for the country to move on

from its disputed election, despite his victory being challenged in court

over alleged fraud and his inauguration delayed. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

(Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

At the recent Communique of the 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State & Government of SADC held in Windhoek, Namibia, Emmerson Mnangagwa left the rendezvous without a regional congratulations for “winning elections” despite the declaration of him as winner by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission(ZEC).

“Summit congratulated Member States that held elections since the last summit in August 2017, namely Republic of Angola & the Republic of Zimbabwe, & congratulated His Excellency President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço & the Movement for the Popular Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party for winning the elections.”

This summit also called upon all stakeholders in Zimbabwe to “remain calm while the legal processes regarding the outcome of the elections are being considered by the courts”. A position described by exiled ex-government minister Jonathan Moyo as a “no Sadc congratulations for Mnangagwa & ZanuPF”

The opposition leader of the MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa filed an election petition at the Constitutional Court to challenge the outcome of the announced results which his legal team & other candidates have argued as misleading, cooked & void.

The Chairperson of ZEC, Justice Chigumba denied these accusations in her recent response to the petition. The MDC Alliance argues that the presidential results from their independent tallies at polling stations indicated an outright win for their candidate.

The 22nd of August has been set for the election petition to be heard & it is expected that the sessions will be streamed live for the world to see. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation has already confirmed.

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Source: VisionZim

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