MDC challenges Mugabe win in court

2013-08-09 19:30

Harare - Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) challenged President Robert Mugabe's landslide re-election in the country's top court on Friday, calling for a re-run of the 31 July vote the MDC says was rigged.

Lawyers for the MDC, which is led by Morgan Tsvangirai, filed papers with the Constitutional Court in Harare arguing the election should be annulled because of widespread alleged illegalities and intimidation of voters by Mugabe's Zanu-PF.

"We want a fresh election within 60 days. The prayer that we also seek is to declare the election null and void," MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told journalists outside the court.

Zimbabwe's constitution says the court must rule on the case within 14 days. Most analysts believe the MDC's legal challenge to Mugabe's victory will not prosper given Zanu-PF's dominance over the judiciary and state institutions in the country.

Mugabe will be sworn in only after the case is decided.

Zanu-PF has denied any vote-rigging in the election, which Tsvangirai, who had served as Mugabe's prime minister in a fractious unity government, has called a "coup by ballot".

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced on Saturday Mugabe had beaten Tsvangirai with just over 61 percent of the votes, against nearly 34% for Tsvangirai.

While election observers from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) broadly approved the presidential and parliamentary elections as orderly and free, the vote has met serious questioning from the West.

The United States, which maintains sanctions against Mugabe, has said it does not believe his re-election was credible. The European Union, which has been looking at easing sanctions, has also expressed concerns over alleged serious flaws in the vote.

"The person on trial here is not the MDC but Mr Mugabe. Zimbabweans expect nothing but justice," Mwonzora said.

  • Vusi Sishi - 2013-08-09 19:50

    Mugabe and his cronnies has crippled the economy of Zimbabwe; most Zim nationals fled their country, but there are still people voting for him! its a shame

      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-09 19:55

      Yeah i voted for Zanu and i will vote for Zanu again in 2018.Zanu for life!

      Mbulelo Sithole - 2013-08-09 19:58

      Do u suggest that Zimbambweans are dumber than you are

      Tapedza Hondo - 2013-08-09 20:30

      You are dumb,Mugabe is actually trying hard and fighting a battle against the imperialists whose illegal sanctions crippled the economy of Zimbabwe.

      Pardon Hove - 2013-08-09 20:31

      Sishi, U are a fool who is spitting madness. U are a shame to yourself. That's why yu are not educated. You an embarrassing black person I have ever seen who wants to sell the country to the West.

      Nxaaa - 2013-08-12 10:19

      @Pardon West or No West, Fool or No Fool.. a bad Economic Decision is a Bad Economic Decision,, Thats All... and remember you have a right to have different view from others, but that does not make them Fools..

  • Sani Mabena - 2013-08-09 19:51

    These British sponsored puppets file a case at the courts they routinely insult and on top of that they have no substantial evidence to prove their rigging claims??MDC is such a mess!!This case is gonna fail because of lack of concrete evidence!When is Tsvangirai and his Western sponsors going to realise that they're fighting A LOST CAUSE? The election is over and done with! President Mugabe and Zanu won and they'll rule the country for the next 5 yrs,PERIOD!!

      Ekfeugo - 2013-08-09 22:31

      I daily see your countrymen ending up at my shop next to the N1.Begging for work food and water. Give me your email address and I will show you living proof how desperately you need reality checks you self righteous fool.

      Ekfeugo - 2013-08-09 22:56

      My oh my, I wish I could turn a blind eye on the issue at hand. First of all I am a South African. Secondly I am on the route to Johannesburg south of Zimbabwe. Do you suggest I turn these poor souls over to the Police for them to return to a country where the dead are eligible to vote.

      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-09 23:24

      @ekfeugo,Are u ashamed of being Nigerian?.You're likely an illegal immigrant yourself.An illegal talking about 'handing over other illegals to police'? What a joke!

      Ekfeugo - 2013-08-09 23:38

      I said I supply them with food and water not drugs.

      Alan Kennedy - 2013-08-12 07:59

      Gee, who's the puppets, Sani?

  • Mbulelo Sithole - 2013-08-09 19:51

    The winner takes it all the loser gets nothing you stand to lose again my son accept defeit

      Ekfeugo - 2013-08-09 22:39

      deceipt, yes. defeat not really.

  • Vimbai Makaza - 2013-08-09 19:51

    Yes people in Zim need change but not with Tsvangirayi

      Ayanda M Masina - 2013-08-09 20:15

      Morgan will never rule Zimbabwe he must continue his womanizing tendencies, that's where he excels

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-08-09 20:16

    Total desperation by the greedy imperialists and their MDC lap dogs

      Michael Wilson - 2013-08-11 09:26

      It's so weird to me how you actually believe that the 'imperialists' give a damn about you. Your misplaced self importance seems to rely on the idea that imagined western persecution makes you relevant in the eyes of the world.

  • Pardon Hove - 2013-08-09 20:26

    The elections hve been done & that's over. The international community must accept Mugabe as a legitimate leader. ZANU and ANC will rule until imperialists are fed up. Africa is not for sale. MDC & DA are the same: bunch of big loosers.

      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-09 20:32

      MDC ,DA,Renamo are eternal losers. ANC, Zanu PF, Frelimo, Swapo,MPLA,ChamaChaMapinduzi will rule their respective countries until donkeys grow horns!

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-08-10 05:12

      "Africa is not for sale"... surprise, surprise: who do you think mines the Marange diamond field (currently under investigation for human rights abuses)?? Mugabe has sold Zim to the Chinese, and for what, a few more years in power??

  • Hussein - 2013-08-09 21:12

    Just like the apartheid government!!!!!

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-08-09 21:15

    No use ..the court belongs to Mugabe anyway.....

  • Interesting - 2013-08-09 22:50

    Hahahaha zim must suffer. Keep them sanctions. Boooooooooom. Hahahahaha

      Nkosinathi Mweli - 2013-08-12 12:04

      You are big idiot and i think your mind is full of insanity u stupid person.

  • Irvin Mkhari - 2013-08-10 03:12

    MDC leader is emotional and incompetent,get over yourself

  • Tommy Li Guapha - 2013-08-10 05:54

    For how long dd Tsvangirai fight 4 being a president but he never succeed. To his own andastanding why cant he appreciate that he is a looser. Now he is the main infrastructer to Zimbabweans. People are tired of his lies & empty promises. He must step out & give others chance to form their parties. MDC leader is a looser & he is a threat to Zimbabweans so he must go somewhere else where he fits than to give trouble like to wat he is doing.

  • Gaylord Masango Mandizvidza - 2013-08-10 10:22

    Ironically, when one western country disapproves anything done in a developing country (never mind Zimbabwe) the whole western bloc seconds the motion. In Africa we never stand together, we sing in discord. Rather than join forces and look into the matters in contention together, we castigate our very own. We don't believe so much in our own eyes we wait for the distant eye to tell us what we see is wrong, they are seeing better! It's one brother today we laugh at today for being persecuted by a bully from another village but before long it will be ourselves suffering the same consequences! When will we ever learn? No one want's to believe SADC, AU and COMESA for their findings in Zim election but we'd rather believe and go along with the Americans and British who were not accredited to observe/ monitor or supervise the elections! If Zimbabweans voted and are keeping quiet then as Zimbabweans we are happy with the outcome. Only those few who were getting too cosy and forgetting to campaign and deliver their promises are crying foul and because the few draw sympathy from the winner's enemy we consider their crying credible! One thing for a fact is President Mugabe won the election when the west thought he was a spent horse. If the same election be held at any time now he will still win and perchance by an even bigger margin. I know quite a few people in the MDC grassroots who feel abandoned in the whole process, a clear sign that power is the motive behind the whole melee.

  • Ba Tadiwa - 2013-08-10 10:56

    @Steve are u saying Africa shld be ruled by Europians?

  • Dylan Blondi Mitchell - 2013-08-10 13:10

    Are you being stupid on purpose?

  • Rob Martin - 2013-08-10 13:22

    Farting against thunder.

  • Livhebe Murendeni - 2013-08-10 16:45

    Only zimbabwean people will solve and fix zimbabwean problems, Be it by seeking external help or by taking matters to their own hands, however if they are happy with the situation so be it

  • Tendai Vutatah - 2013-08-11 23:51

    Voting for Mugabe an 89yr old is like dragging Mandela out of hospital and make him president. Besides the age issue , what exactly is he going to do now to change the people's lives if he failed in the past 33yrs ?. people still spend most days without water or electricity and there is no jobs. industries are closing everyday and agric production and the economy is on its knees.What future do you expect voting for a party that failed pple? wat are u gonna tell ya children when they accuse u of not providing for them ? there is nothing to stay for in zim and if we cant find anything to live for then lets find something to die for.everytime I talk to my fellow zimbos abt our future all i smell is fear and there is no unity watsoeva. If your brain functions very well then u would want change.Not having hope and a future is the same as death ,if people are really fed up the they should leave foreign countries and go bak to zim and sort things out , its better to die in the battlefield fighting for wat is yours that to die slowly in ya house with hunger

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