Chamisa anxious

HARARE - Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday warned that if he fails to win his case against President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) this week, he will turn to the people to defend “their vote”.

This comes after the youthful MDC Alliance leader challenged ordinary Zimbabweans at the weekend to embark on three days of fasting — in preparation for tomorrow’s closely-watched Con-Court hearing.

Addressing journalists at the Morgan Tsvangirai House in Harare yesterday, Chamisa warned that if the legal route failed him, he would mobilise Zimbabweans to “defend their vote”.

“We have all routes that are available, the legal and the constitutional routes. Beyond those, we have a political route that we are going to pursue in the context of peace and the Constitution.

“We will mobilise and organise the people of Zimbabwe to make sure that their vote is protected and guaranteed. Our first avenue is the legal route and the second avenue is the political route.

“We have to stand with our God to defend our vote within the confines of peace ... change does not come easy,” Chamisa said.

“We do not want to go back to the situation where we are made to wait for another five years by those who are seeking to subvert your will.

“The darkest hour is before dawn and our Almighty is on our side. This candidate (Chamisa) is ready to assume office at the appropriate time,” Chamisa added.

“Mnangagwa was defeated in this election. There is totally no confidence in Zanu PF and Mnangagwa. We will, together as a nation, agree on a working programme for the total fulfilment of our vote.

“We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated by anyone from anywhere. We are the masters of our own destiny. We are our own liberators,” he said further.

Chamisa has challenged Mnangagwa’s July 30 poll victory, culminating in tomorrow’s hearing by the Con-Court which has the arduous task of either upholding or nullifying the result.

He is seeking to either have the presidential election declared as null and void, or to be affirmed as the rightful winner of that poll. Alternatively, he wants a fresh presidential race to be held.

The court case comes after Zimbabwe held its first ever post-independence elections three weeks ago without deposed former leader Robert Mugabe — who resigned from office in November last year on the back of a military intervention.

Millions of Zimbabweans cast their vote in the historic July 30 elections, to choose both a new Parliament and president — following the dramatic fall from power of Robert Mugabe.

The elections also marked the first time that the main opposition MDC was not represented by its founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who lost his brave battle with cancer of the colon on Valentine’s Day this year.

Zanu PF retained its two thirds parliamentary majority in the plebiscite.

However, the peaceful campaigns and a camaraderie spirit that had characterised the run-up to the elections were sullied in the aftermath of the polls when deadly violence broke out in Harare’s central business district (CBD), following a clash between opposition supporters and security agents.

At least six people subsequently died when the army used live ammunition to break the ugly protests.

Yesterday, Chamisa warned that the country would — without him at the helm — slip back to the 2008 era where Zimbabwe’s own currency was decimated by record hyperinflation, when the economy imploded due to Mugabe’s misrule.

“Even in that case, if we don’t do it now, there is no guarantee that if we win again in 2023 those that are seeking to subvert your will are not planning to do it again.

“In the interest of our country, its people and the economy, Zec must accept that it has played a divisive role in our politics. What was a clear and unambiguous victory has been muddied by partisan individuals in Zec,” Chamisa said.

He also said that Mnangagwa should step down and resist fomenting the stereotype that “African strongmen never want to leave power after an election”.

“He must take this opportunity to negotiate a respectable exit and leave peacefully. An unnecessary and protracted battle will not benefit Zanu PF in the medium to long term.

“To the international community, the road to the future of Zimbabwe, the rule of law, good governance and observance of human rights passes through a fresh pair of hands and genuine alternative politics,” Chamisa added.

The opposition leader has insisted that he won the hotly-disputed July 30 presidential poll — whose results he claims were fiddled with by Zec.

In the disputed presidential vote, Mnangagwa narrowly avoided a run-off after polling 50,8 percent of the ballot against Chamisa’s 44,3 percent.

Zec has, however, since revised downwards Mnangagwa’s victory to 50,6 percent.

At law, a losing presidential candidate has seven days to challenge results, with the Con-Court obliged to make its findings and to deliver a verdict within 14 days after that.

If the Constitutional Court upholds the election result, Mnangagwa must then be sworn in within 48 hours of the court’s decision.

In determining the petition or application, the Con-Court may declare a winner or invalidate the election — in which case a fresh election will have to be held within 60 days after the determination.

Meanwhile, and ahead of the Con-Court hearing tomorrow, Chamisa exhorted Zimbabweans at the weekend to go on a fast for three days.

“I am urging the whole nation to pray. Let us go before God so that he may help us, we don’t want the spilling of blood.

“We want to make the country better for all. The country does not belong to Zanu PF, the MDC or any other political party.

“It is for all of us. So, we want everyone to understand that when we unite, we are doing this for the whole country.

“May God bless you. Starting on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s time for prayer, everything is in God’s hands.

“The whole world belongs to God. I want to congratulate and thank you for taking part in the voting process,” Chamisa said in a video taken while he was praying on a mountain in Murewa.

Comments (17)

ikozvino wave kutaura sapresident ndizvo we are our own liberators

g40 - 21 August 2018

Threatening the Judges will not help your case Chamisa,then why did you approach the bench if you dont have confidence in the Concourt? Its like you want things done your way or no way at all.You have become a law unto yourself. You declared yourself a referee and a player at the same time. Tinozviziva kuti you are itching for a fight so that your White friends will feel symbathy for you but you cant hold this country to ransome because you want to be President at all costs.

eddos - 21 August 2018

Stop abusing the people of God to push your agenda iwe munyepi iwe.

gee hellaz - 21 August 2018

So Chamisa wants innocent people to go to the streets and risk their lives for HIM?? Just because he dreamt being a president but in reality he LOST, he is trying everything to lead the country. Sorry Khamisa you will never rule Zim, not now not ever.Deal with that. And hey ..whoever goes to the streets after ED has been declared President will meet the rule of law. I don't think there will be anyone so stupid enough to go to prison for Chamisa. Let Chamisa fight his battles alone as Everything is about HIM not The Nation. If he was doing it for the nation,the love of Zim pple, he would NEVER ask for sanctions. NEVER! We can see his Agenda here is about to fulfil his Ego. Die alone Khamisa. Politics is a dirt game, Clean it alone. You brought poverty to us by begging for sanctions,then fight your battles the way you begged sanctions. If you don't tell your uncle Trump to recall the Sanctions, then kiss goodbye to politics smallboy for good.We will never VOTE for a selfish person like you.

the truth - 21 August 2018

Ndepapi paataura kuti people must risk their lives for him? Tonyora nechikaranga here kuti muhwisise vana Truth? ZANU PF muppet.

Rasta! - 21 August 2018

this is not Chamisa's war.....this is a war against democracy.....if Zanu won the elections then why shoot unarmed civilians....

tin tin - 21 August 2018

Typical tell-tell signs of a dictator.

Save - 21 August 2018

vana Truth kutonyora page yose yeshit waivepo achikumbira masanctions. akaiswa na Trump aya zvino uno ndi Chamisa futi mudzidze not kugezwa njere nezanu munoona kuda hukuru kwachamisa kwaGarwe hakuonekwi nhy kunyepera kuti adyiswa ice cream nhema kuda hukuru kwese ikoko tati tingori shona pane munganzwe because if u still believe that sanctions are being begged by someone ??????????

Innocent - 21 August 2018

kana asina kukumbira kuiswa kwemasanctions sei akanyarara asirikutaura nezvazvo ngaataurewo nezvekubviswa kwawo toziva kuti He is a true leader with people at heart....zvaarukuti ndirikufara nerutsigiro rwandiri kupuhwa ne EU ne USA nderwei rutsigiro rwacho rwemasanctions haa pasi nachamisa kusvika abvisisa masanctions ayo akanotora kuAmerica achitadza kuuya nemari kana motokari dzekukambeina ...America haidi MDC uye haidi vana veZimbabwe asi inoda kupamba nyika yedu saka chamisa kana achuifarira vapambepfumi haaa ini hangu ndinoti pasi naye

ED PFEE - 22 August 2018

I hope there are no leakages within Chamisa's evidence.Wish you good luck.

wise - 22 August 2018

Was there any need really for chanyiswa to go to court? It seems clearly that he knows he is going to loose. Why rush to talk such rubbish like mobilising people to get into the streets disguising as protecting your vote. So chanyiswa thinks we who voted for ED cannot go into the streets also to defend our vote? What makes this stupid power hungry puppet think that everyone likes him? Talking of the country going back to 2008 because he is not declared a winner what does that mean? He knows exactly how they brought sanctions to stifle the economy so that they use it as a tool to dislodge ZANU PF, but that failed and it will fail again and again but be warned also that our patience as the sufferers through your dirty tactics is running out. You want to be a super hero for causing chaos and suffering in this country, you will never achieve that dirty goal. How do you feel if ED utters the same nonsense you are saying that if he loses there will be blood spilling in this country? Mumuromo mako chanyiswa makafira chidembo. I don't think ndiMwari chaiwo vaanonyepera vanhu kuti ndinonamata he is a true Satanist sacrificing other peoples' lives for self egos. Yaa only fools follows such a person like chamisa.

shunguhadziurayi mangarayi - 22 August 2018

Shame on these zanu pf idiots.How on do they think someone can actually go to European countries and ask for their country to be given sanctions?For the benefits of all those zanu pf stoogies who have been given an overdose of the sanctions mantra by the zanu pf mafia party,please note that what attract sanctions from other countries are quite a variety of things but in Zimbabwe it is the govt's disrespect of human rights,life,stealing of public funds by govt leaders.Recently govt soldiers shot and killed innocent people for exercising their right to protest which is enshrined in the Zimbabwe constitution prompting USA to renew the sanctions.Is it too much to ask for to stop killing your own people and to stop abusing your own citizens even stealing from your own people?The same govt has also influenced ZEC to steal our children's future by subverting the will of the people in the just ended elections yet the zanu pf goons expect the outside world to just watch the satanic govt bludgeoning and killing their own people at will.Leaders attract sanctions because of their inhuman behaviour which totally devoid of any element of humanity.Chamisa or anyone for that matter has no power to tell any country to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe.Thats the information your mafia leaders have been feeding you for years while the fat cats feed on stolen govt funds and resources.Shame everyone who supports zanu pf.

Luke Munya Mabika - 22 August 2018

The last time they asked people to defend their vote,the other was escaping to Zambia.I think Chamisa is power hungry and is not accepting anything that does'nt make him a leader

The Voice - 22 August 2018

zimbabwean lets not be over zealous of anything just love Jehovah for creating you. pray for your upliftment not for anyone like ED or CHAMISA. why not pray for change in your life: seek him first before any earthly reward. vanoda kufira vamwe nemalive bulltes pleas defend your vote but those who love their families get down and pray for blessings. let him who feels cheated defend his cause and him who thinks is a victor defend his victory and we ordinary do our hard work for in prayer every day one asks for daily bread not daily war. think outside the scope those who were shoot has gone and forgotten its family that suffer not for the winner or looser. may god bless you

danger muhondo - 22 August 2018

the voice everyone run away with his or her life ed ran to Moza for his life vamwe ndovamunoti vamirire kuurawa when Mugabe was removed he wasn't not in zim why because anga atiza neupenyu

Innocent - 22 August 2018

Zanu/Zec pf represent the total true face of the devil's ruinous acts. 38 years on of mismanaging Zimbabwe, killing people and destroying family ties,corrupting the entire system,zanu pf Apes today can not see and read the reality of this changing world.Shame.

Sandy - 23 August 2018

Zanu/Zec pf represent the total true face of the devil's ruinous acts. 38 years on of mismanaging Zimbabwe, killing people and destroying family ties,corrupting the entire system,zanu pf Apes today can not see and read the reality of this changing world.Shame.

Sandy - 23 August 2018

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