Exiled former G40 kingpin, Jonathan Moyo, who seems to have become Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s chief advocate, has accused the Sheriff, Macduff Madega of colluding with Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front leader Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chair Priscilla Chigumba to frustrate the service of Chamisa’s papers.
Mnangagwa won the 30 July elections but Chamisa rejected the results and filed a petition with the Constitutional Court on Friday last week. He was supposed to file his answering affidavit by noon today.
In a series of tweets, Moyo said the Sheriff “continues to treacherously give short shrift to serving @nelsonchamisa’s ConCourt papers to @edmnangagwa & @ZECzim whom he’s advantaging. The Sheriff was ordered to serve on respondents #Chamisa’s answering affidavit & heads by 12 noon today.
“#Chamisa’s lawyers filed the papers with the ConCourt Registrar at 11:38hrs & reached the Sheriff at 11:45hrs. The Sheriff kept them waiting for more than an hour till 13:04hrs. It’s clear that the Sheriff dilly-dallied with the papers in order to serve them after 12:00hrs!
“The Sheriff is illegally colluding with Mnangagwa & Chigumba to frustrate the service of #Chamisa’s papers to create a false technicality that they were served out of time. Yet they were filed with the ConCourt Registrar in time. Beyond the Registrar, the Sheriff must answer!”
Mnangagwa’s lawyers are supposed to file their answering affidavit by 10am on Monday while the Constitutional Court will hear the case on Wednesday.
Chamisa claims he won the elections and was robbed and wants to be declared the winner.
He called on Mnangagwa today to concede defeat.
Some of Chamisa’s critics, however, said they find it odd that he wants to be declared the winner of an election which he says is deeply flawed.
Mnangagwa was away in Windhoek attending a Southern African Development Community Summit where he declared that the elections were free and fair and he won convincingly.
SADC leaders today called on Zimbabweans to remain calm while the legal processes regarding the outcome of the elections are being considered by the courts and to respect the will of the people.
The peaceful election campaign was marred by violence that broke out two days after the poll. Six people were killed.
Mnangagwa has blamed the MDC Alliance for sparking the violence while the opposition and the West are blaming the military for being heavy handed.