President Donald Trump signs new conditions for lifting Zimbabwe sanctions

President Donald Trump signs new conditions for lifting Zimbabwe sanctions

DAGGERS have now been drawn again between Zanu PF and MDC Alliance after the latter yesterday filed their court challenge against the July 30 presidential results, which they claim were doctored in favour of Zanu PF.

The MDC party alleges that the vote result was rigged and President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow victory was due to a falsified vote count in Zimbabwe's first election since the end of Robert Mugabe's rule.

Should the alliance petition be filed today, the inauguration will be guided by Section 93 (3) of the Constitution which speaks of the court having to determine whether the President-elect has been elected correctly and if so, after the judgment has been passed, inauguration has to happen within 48 hours.

Analysts say that the legal challenge has little chance of success given the courts' historic tilt towards ZANU-PF, which has ruled since independence from British colonial rule in 1980.

"We will rest when this country is liberated", Jameson Timba, a senior member of the MDC, told journalists outside the Constitutional Court after party lawyers arrived accompanied by plastic boxes full of paperwork.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency on Friday.

His party must lodge its appeal at the Constitutional Court by 1400 GMT, when the court closes.

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"We have a good case and cause!" he tweeted shortly after filing the challenge.

But the legal challenge to his victory is likely to delay his inauguration that was scheduled to take place on Sunday.

We are also deeply concerned that Zambia chose to hand over former Minister of Finance Tendai Biti to the Zimbabwean authorities, and in the face of a reported Zambian court order blocking his expulsion from Zambia.

Chamisa wants the constitutional court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted".

Earlier this month, Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for the 40-year-old Chamisa.

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