Zimbabwe main opposition leader Chamisa ropes in Kenyans

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has further hired Kenyan and Zambian lawyers in attempts to reinforce his bid to seek the overturn of the July 30 presidential elections won by Emmerson Mnangagwa. MDC Alliance has also roped in a Kenyan statistician Dr Outmbar Edgar Ouko.

His spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda confirmed Friday the losing presidential candidate was looking beyond the country’s borders for the best legal brains to help his cause.

“We are leaving nothing to chance. As we speak, some of our lawyers from South Africa have arrived. Advocates Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi are already in the country.

“We are also expecting top lawyers from Kenya as well as Zambia,” Sibanda said.

His legal team hired from Kenya will likely provide interesting insights after the Kenyan Constitutional Court last year overturned the results of that country’s presidential election in a African landmark ruling which followed a court challenge by opposition chief, Raila Odinga.

Odinga has close ties with Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance.

Following the court challenge by Chamisa, Mnangagwa and ZEC lawyers have since filed their opposing papers.

But there is strong feeling by the opposition the incumbent was fighting hard to poke holes into the challenge through identifying technical faults as opposed to detail.

Zanu-PF has hired actuary, Douglas Hoto, to help them in the calculations of the elections figures while MDC Alliance has roped in Dr Ouko. Both experts have signed affidavits to be used in the courts during the hearing.

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