Chamisa lawyers under siege

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s lawyers yesterday claimed they were under siege from suspected State security agents, who were trailing them in a bid to instil fear and scuttle their plans to challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent victory.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Thabani Mpofu

Chamisa’s chief lawyer, Thabani Mpofu, told journalists in Harare that his team of lawyers had been subjected to nocturnal visits from suspected State security agents since last Monday when they rejected the “fake results” announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), confirming Mnangagwa as winner of the presidential race.

“There are, however, attempts to harass our team. I am harassed, my team is harassed. I wish to let those who are involved in the harassment to know that we are unperturbed. We do not fear them, we are not intimidated, we do not fear people who fear us,” he said.

Mpofu vowed his team would not be distracted from pursuing the matter at the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) as they seek to overturn Mnangagwa’s election victory.

“We also are not afraid of ensuring that the backbone of our democracy, namely the electoral process, is given full effect.

“This is something we are prepared to do and if it means addressing the ConCourt while wearing prison garb, we are happy to do so. If it means addressing the ConCourt while on death beds, we are happy to do so. If it means addressing the Constitutional Court with half our limbs, we are happy and ready to do so.”

Mpofu added that the security agents stormed the party headquarters last week in a bid to “steal” the evidence the opposition had gathered to prove that the polls were rigged in favour of the ruling Zanu PF party.

“You will also notice that there has been an attempt to destroy our evidence. Too late guys, you should have done that before the elections. The evidence is secure and there is nothing that is going to happen.

“You will also notice that there are some warrants that purport to deal with matters of violence and yet, when you look at those papers, they talk about computers. What kind of computer would be used in the commission of acts of violence and aggression? You can see the intention is to access the data that we have.”

Chamisa’s team, which includes local and foreign lawyers, believes the tailgating, harassment and panic buttons pressed by the security agents point to the fact that they were aware of the manipulation of the vote.


“Those desperate attempts speak to the fact that there is something that these people want to hide. It’s that something that they want to hide that we are going to fully expose, so many people are going to be embarrassed,” Mpofu said.

But Zanu PF has dismissed Chamisa’s election rigging claims and dared him take the matter to court if he had evidence.

The ruling party has already started preparations for Mnangagwa’s inauguration on Sunday in case Chamisa fails to file his court challenge by tomorrow.

But Mpofu insisted the situation was under control and they were ready for the challenge.

“The anti-rigging mechanisms have taken effect and have assisted us greatly in showing where things went wrong. They have assisted us in establishing that there was mammoth theft and fraud. The theft is both gross and crass and for that reason and taking into account that Zimbabweans are entitled to a proper election, the results announced and declaration made by Zec are going to be challenged.

“The evidence that we have amassed is so clear, it’s so convincing. We are happy with it, but this being a matter of processes and legal procedures, we are going to place all that evidence before the courts.”

Chamisa’s lawyers said they would seek to discredit figures released by Zec through subjecting them to a mathematical test to prove that they do not add up.

They will also move further to query gaps reflected at polling stations where votes amassed were more than registered voters.

“The evidence derives from source documents and from Zec’s own figures, which in our view are grossly made up [and] mathematically fail to tally. Apart from that, we also have our secret weapon, which we are going to unleash through this court challenge and you are going to see it,” Mpofu said.

A report released by Zimbabwe Elections Support Network shows that at more than 2% of polling stations, the figures of votes cast are above those of registered voters.

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44 Comments

  1. Thabani, enda kuCourt wakanyarara

    1. If evidence is there just present in court. No need to keep telling the courts that you have a secret weapon. If its there then just present it. No need to be like people doing college politics

  2. Brave words by Mr Mpofu, For now, the fate of our democracy, the peace of our nation and the prospects for the future healing and recovery of our land lies in the hands of our judicial system. Let the facts and evidence speak for themselves; never mind any hounds baying at the doors of the ConCourt. Good tactic too, to loudly proclaim the strength of your case, Mr Mpofu; because any obstruction or denial of your day in court now will be as good as an admission of guilt by the perpetrators. May all the media keep the light shining brightly on our situation, to protect the lives of all involved and their families.

    1. He is just playing to the gallery no evidence. He must just go to con court without making noise. These are just deliberate attempts to buy time and take money from Chamisa fohis services.

  3. Don’t lie. You are not brave. Biti said he would die for blaaa blaaa blaaa but was the first to run away and the brave six died 1 August nxaaa

    1. Braver than you Samuel

  4. Farai Johnson Nhire

    This so called lawyer is an amazing useless chap who seems so good at bluffing achingoda kudya mari yachamisa mahara. Thabani once told us that he had organised a power transition mechanism with the army that would see Nelson going to state house soon after elections. What happened then to the power transition arrangement? Nelson, watchout, urikurohwa beg rako mahara naThabani Pasina chinobuda uku wakabva kurohwa beg zvekare nemaporofita enhema. Wake up Nelson!

  5. Silvester Matambo

    Why waste time holding these ridiculous pressers, just go to court and legitimatise ED Victory, ED Pfeeeeee

    1. It is ludicrous and quite perplexing why a whole Team of supposedly learned Advocates and Lawyers would fall on each trying to catch a bit of lime light at the expense of Nero ( who by the way is fast sinking into oblivion by virtue of his childish tantrums that are synonymous with his lot) who are grandstanding instead of just filing with the courts. Charamba was right. One gets a feeling these theatrics depict a gross void in these wannabe politicians seeking for sympathy relevance and a shot at 5mins of fame.

      1. The Second Coming

        Well said Mutsvangwa

      2. well said Mutsvangwa Chris

  6. Silvester Matambo

    Why waste time holding these ridiculous pressers, just go to court and legitimatise ED Victory, ED Pfeeeeee

  7. Silvester Matambo

    Just go to Court, ED Pfeeeeeeee

  8. Just go to Court. ED Pfeeeeeeee

  9. Zanu is a party of MURDERERS, CROOKS AND LIARS.

    THE TRUTH MUST COME OUT.

    1. ED pfeeee?

  10. Just go to Court

  11. Its bag not beg.

  12. You can always tell how near to the bone a story has cut by the number of trolls and disinformation agents that get busy lambasting it. Entertaining but also quiet helpful in identifying their pressure points.

  13. Is Thabani a lawyer or a politician? Just present your evidence b4 a court of law man kwete kungoita noise sana biti vaizviti vane mabhora ivo vari vakadzi.

  14. Thanks for informing the public that murderers are on the prowl Mpofu. Some of us who felt our votes were stolen are waiting for the Con Court and your evidence. They have killed 7 and there is still more than 500 000 of us in Harare alone. Hendeyi ku court.
    Can those who “won” start their celebrations? What’s the hold up? Too much blood to drink or you vampires need more eh?

  15. Chamisa and Thabani Mpofu are old buddies how far their court case will go I don’t know. They are the ones who represented Zuwa in that infamous decision which threw a lot of workers under the bus. So its not an issue of money between these two its camradieship

  16. Lawyer present their cases at court not through addressing press conference

  17. Comment…kungodawokupedza nguwamuchinyepera wwanhu kutimakahwinha ndoopamunotangira kusawimbika i papo panzvimboyekuti muchengetedzemari for next time.maakungodyiwa nemajuruemisoro mikuruayo siyanainazvo hezvowamwewaakutizei manje
    ndimimusingadikufa nhai ifaiwo sezvamakaitisa wanawedu wamakapadoro kutiwafewakadhakwa shiti petaimisweyenyu imimi

  18. Commente truth shall come

  19. imbwa dzezanu musatinyaudza ndoszaka makadyiwa nemwana mudiki makurambira po hamunyari

  20. wese anosupoter zanu muurayi mhondi ende zviripachena kt mdc takahwina kare zanu inobirira nxa chamisa chete chete

  21. Comment…If Ed won the polls why persecute the opposition leaders and their suppoters.Is it for them to run so that he could rule .Or he wants them to keep quite.When will Zim people wake up and make zim great again instead the country is falling.Vanha vedu tichavasiira nyika yakaita sei

    1. They inciting violence

  22. If these are real lawyers they know cases are tried in court not public arena. Are they trying to influence the judges before they go to court. Surely if you are going to court why pre-empty your case. We are tired of you losers just do what u hv to do. Ibvai apa mhani

  23. kid marongorongo

    we know your drama MDC alliance if you have your evidence just go to the courts and stop wasting people’s time and seek public attention for nothing we need to progress, we want life after elections, we have a lot to do and you are fighting for employment if the people said you are not suitable dont fight them.

  24. if you evidence present it dont make people uneasy for nothing as far we know Ed won fair and square

  25. Mwari havazi veZanu Pf. Say whatever you may

  26. “We also are not afraid of ensuring that the backbone of our democracy, namely the electoral process, is given full effect,” said Mpofu, Chamisa’s lawyer.

    “This is something we are prepared to do and if it means addressing the ConCourt while wearing prison garb, we are happy to do so. If it means addressing the ConCourt while on death beds, we are happy to do so. If it means addressing the Constitutional Court with half our limbs, we are happy and ready to do so.”

    Only MDC empty heads are impress with all this grandstanding and posturing. If Mpofu had any working brain cells then he should have advised his client on the futility of going into these elections with no verified voters’ roll! Only a fool would talk about a democratic electoral process when something as basic as verified voters’ roll is missing!

  27. Mwari havazi veZanu Pf. Say whatever you may

  28. Mwari haasi weZanu Pf. Say whatever you may

  29. The deadline is at 1.30 A.M tonight thats when 9 full days will clock and Thabani is still talking about the evidence. You have up to nine days. you have to present the petition within nine days and up to nine days and within nie days clocks at 1.30 AM tomorrow morning that is this night.

  30. Am a bit puzzled as to why mugabe was removed power granted that both of the nations leading political parties immediately sought mugabes political support and moral blessings, soon after mugabe left office.

  31. Am a bit puzzled as to why mugabe was removed power granted that both of the nations leading political parties immediately sought mugabes political support and moral blessings, soon after mugabe left office.

  32. Comment…6 Aug, Chamisa challenges results in 20 constituencies.
    9 Aug, President elect said, “they still waiting to see if MDCA challenges the results by Fri 10 Aug. Which is which apa Newsday?

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