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Court upholds Mnangagwa’s victory in Zimbabwe’s presidential election

Zimbabwe’s top court has ruled that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election of July 30 will stand despite complaints by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa that the polls were rigged.

In its ruling the court termed Chamisa’s allegations of tampering as ‘bold and unsubstantiated’

“In the final analysis, the court finds the applicant has failed to place before it clear, direct, sufficient and credible evidence” of irregularities, said Chief Justice Luke Malaba in his ruling at the Constitutional Court in Harare.


“Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is duly declared winner of presidential elections held on the 30th of July 2018.”

Lawyers for Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party had accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of inflating Mnangagwa’s vote tally by 69,000 to avoid a run-off and that the ZEC’s revision of the results was sufficient evidence that fraud occurred.

With all the provinces declared, Mnangagwa won with 50.8 percent of the votes cast compared to 44.3 percent which Chamisa garnered.

Following the court ruling, Mnangagwa is expected to be sworn in as the country’s president either on Sunday or Monday in line with Zimbabwe’s constitution.