Emmerson Mnangagwa inauguration deferred

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare

The MDC Alliance on Friday filed its court papers at the Constitutional Court to challenge the outcome of Zimbabwe's general elections held on July 30.

Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF party won the presidential race with 50.8 percent of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent. "We have a good case and cause".

Chamisa has alleged the results were manipulated by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to ensure that Zanu-PF leader and President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa won. Given the tension in the preceding week, it is our hope that the MDC Alliance has secured adequate evidence to put up a decent fight with which they may be able to win if the court acts fairly and professionally. On Wednesday, General Sibusiso Moyo (Foreign Affairs) sent a circular to diplomatic missions stationed in Zimbabwe inviting their officers to attend Mnangagwa's in inauguration at the national sports stadium.

He said those who lost should accept the results and work hard to improve next time.

Essentially what this means is that the nation will be in some of inertia for at most the next two weeks, given that the Constitution allows the court a maximum of 14 days within which it can deal with the matter.

The opposition MDC lodged a legal challenge to last weeks election, alleging widespread irregularities.

"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", Mpofu said.

On August 1, soldiers opened fire on MDC protesters, killing six people and sparking an global outcry.

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

Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter that Biti was released after he intervened personally in the case.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission said it was concerned that no one was taking responsibility for the deployment of soldiers that the opposition says were harassing its supporters and ordinary citizens in townships at night.

On Thursday, opposition figure Tendai Biti was detained by Zimbabwean police after Zambian authorities rejected his bid for asylum.

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