Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa moves to stop Chamisa's election court challenge

Zimbabwe Mnangagwa's lawyers ask court to throw out Chamisa's election petition

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa's lawyers ask court to throw out Chamisa's election petition

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party on Wednesday filed a counter-petition challenging the opposition's court bid to overturn election results that gave a narrow victory to incumbant Emmerson Mnangagwa.

There will be no any form of power vacuum in the aftermath of just ended 30 July elections as the Constitution stipulates the incumbent and President Mnangagwa and his cabinet should continue doing what they are supposed to be executing without any limitations until the much awaited Constitutional Court ruling.

"Our papers are clearly showing that, one, the MDC Alliance has not complied with the rules of court and also that they do not have a case on merit".

In a statement to mark Defence Forces Day, MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa accused his Zanu PF rivals of abusing the country's armed forces leading to the recent civilian killings.

The MDC approached the constitutional court earlier this month after claiming that Mnangagwa had stolen the election with help from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on as he gives a media conference at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 3, 2018.

Another of Mnangagwa's lawyers, Lewis Uriri told the official Herald newspaper's online edition that he had asked the court to dismiss Chamisa's application, which he said had missed a 10 a.m. (0800 GMT) deadline last Friday.

Lawyers for the President-elect say Chamisa's application to have the results set aside is nearly entirely based on arguments of wrong tallying by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, and he should have demanded a recount by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission within 48 hours of results being announced as provided for by law.

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