Mnangagwa not bothered about Chamisa election challenge, he has a country to run


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President-Elect Emmerson Mnangagwa is not concerned too much about what is happening at the courts where Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa is challenging his victory because he has a country to run, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Secretary for Legal Affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said today.

Mnangagwa won the 30 July elections after polling 50.8 percent of the vote against Chamisa’s 44.3 percent but Chamisa has rejected the results claiming that he won the elections but the results were rigged.

He has applied to the court to be declared the winner or the country to hold fresh elections.

Mangwana told the South African Broadcasting Corporation shortly after Mnangagwa’s legal team filled papers opposing the Alliance’s application that Mnangagwa was proceeding to run the country for the benefit of the people.

“He has not stopped working,” Mangwana said. “This is a red herring, a legal nuisance as far as we are concerned but nevertheless let’s leave the courts to make a decision.”

“The President is not concerning himself too much about what’s happening in the courts.  It’s a sideshow,” he added.

One of the lead counsels in Mnangagwa’s team Lewis Uriri said: “The MDC-Alliance are stuntmen who have presented no shred of evidence in a bid to retain the few remaining supporters that still believe in them. In fact there is no valid application before the court. Regardless, we addressed the merits of their defective process.”

Jonathan Moyo who is backing Chamisa described Mnangagwa’s team as the Dream Team.

“THE MEGAPHONE ‘DREAM TEAM’ has by its maths filed ONE DAY LATE. It dreamt of an Aug 12 inauguration that never was; 7 calendar days for filing which never were; a Kwekwe service address for Mnangagwa which never was; & a 48-hour limit for a recount which never was. Real DREAMERS!” he said.

The Constitutional Court is supposed to give a ruling on the petition within 14 days but there is confusion about whether Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays count or not.

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