Chamisa AU poll push goes cold

OPPOSITION MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s bid to get the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) hear his bid to overturn President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s slim election victory has apparently died.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Following the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s declaration of Mnangagwa as winner of the July 30 presidential election with a 50,67% margin, Chamisa, who came a close second with 44,3% of the vote, approached the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) arguing he had been defrauded of victory by collusion between Zec and the ruling Zanu PF party.

But the ConCourt on August 24, after a full hearing, dismissed the petition on the grounds that it lacked evidence, forcing Chamisa to escalate his fight to the continental body.

Highly-placed sources within the MDC Alliance this week claimed the move to approach the ACHPR was a “publicity stunt”.

“It was nothing beyond public posturing. It was a publicity stunt that has never been followed. In all meetings that we have had since then, this issue has never been raised. Nobody, not even the president, has brought it up for discussion,” NewsDay heard.

But Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said such issues take long.

“The matter has not been set down for hearing. We are yet to hear from the ACHPR. Such cases take long and really we had no basis to request that it be heard on an urgent basis,” Sibanda said.

Chamisa had filed papers with the country’s apex court challenging Mnangagwa’s narrow victory, while claiming massive poll fraud.

But the ConCourt threw the petition out on the basis that it lacked sufficient evidence.

Chamisa argued the ConCourt had inherent bias towards Mnangagwa, hence his move to seek the intervention of the regional body.

“The MDC Alliance has instructed its local and international lawyers to immediately lodge a petition with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (the ACHPR), otherwise known as the Banjul Commission, to challenge the August 24 Constitutional Court (ConCourt) controversial decision validating Zec’s decision that Mnangagwa won the July 30, 2018 harmonised general elections,” the petition read in part.

According to the petition, the ConCourt and the government are guilty of violating the rights of citizens.

“The grounds of the petition are based on the flagrant and multiple violations of the universal human rights of the voters and people of Zimbabwe by the current Zimbabwean regime and the ConCourt, including the right to free and fair elections, right to a fair hearing before an impartial court, right to legal representation by counsel of choice, right against undue political interference and the right to be governed by a legitimate government,” Chamisa said.

He added that the ACHPR has power to declare human rights violations and use that to overturn Mnangagwa’s victory in his favour.

11 Comments

  1. the horse bolted a long time ago nelson whilst you are driving around looking for fuel in a toyota fortuner and not the latest one for that matter re-examnie yourself you need to make money in this environment

  2. Ndokunonzi kutonhodzwa kwaChauruka…kwahi ndohi Wamba dia Wamba, kkkkkkk!!!

  3. Ndonzwira hangu tsitsi ma supporters who are failing to grasp reality.

    They are still hoping for a miracle which will never come whilst others are already planning another surprise in 2023.

    Those with a reasoning mind made a judgement before the Malaba made his announcement, the Mpofu dealt himself legal blows when he failed to produce evidence.

  4. Chamisa is just power hungry…

  5. Some leaders are very selfish to the extended that they do not pretend to represent the people but they just want to be the president of Zimbabwe and nothing else like Nero. It is all about him and nobody else. A dictator is born in the young man.

  6. This guy should know that all african organsations are corrupt/incompetent in all places he should find an organisation out of the continent

    1. Keino, an organization out of the continent to do what? Like what the writer said, it was a talk show to seek attention. It will die a natural death.

  7. Very hectic indeed. It has gone out of hand and expected. Just take it easy and walk away there will be another day for Chamisa and not now. In every race there is a winner and a loser. Chamisa must just accept and work on building Zimbabwe together with his Members of Parliament.

  8. chingwa chakuita 4$

    1. So what, if ever it should cost $4? In other words you admit that the little devil has a hand in this price madness: But the truth of the matter is that everyone suffers including yourself. Kupemberera nánga inobata mai kkkkk

  9. Comment…chamisa should not agree to any terms from ED and his zanu pf if it means suffering let the people suffer. Why would those who claim to have won an election want dialogue with a person they claim to have defeated?It just doesn’t make any sense let them rule! Soon they will be nothing in their tanks to lie about

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