Zim: 'We're being harassed everywhere we go,' Chamisa's lawyers claim

2018-08-10 15:23
Nelson Chamisa (File: AFP)

Nelson Chamisa (File: AFP)

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Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa's lawyers have reportedly claimed that they are being "trailed" by suspected state agents, as they prepare to submit court papers challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow election victory.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the Movement for Democratic Change leader, Nelson Chamisa's lawyer, Thabane Mpofu, said they were being harassed everywhere by the suspected state agents.

"We are being harassed everywhere we go. Just two days ago, my car was being followed as well as four of our lawyers working the court challenge," Mpofu was quoted as saying.

Mpofu, however, remained adamant this was not going to deter them from lodging their Constitutional court challenge.

According to NewsDay, Mpofu said the team of lawyers was not afraid of "ensuring that the backbone of our democracy, namely the electoral process, is given full effect".

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"This is something we are prepared to do and if it means addressing the Con-Court while wearing prison garb, we are happy to do so. If it means addressing the Con-Court while on death beds, we are happy to do so. If it means addressing the Constitutional Court with half our limbs, we are happy and ready to do so," Mpofu said.

The MDC vowed earlier this week to overturn in court, Mnangagwa's narrow election victory, alleging that he won the historic vote via "mammoth theft and fraud".

An AP report said that the southern African country's first election since Robert Mugabe's ousting had been marred by rigging allegations, the army opening fire on opposition demonstrators killing six people, and accusations of a security crackdown on opposition supporters.

The MDC had until Friday to lodge its suit after Mnangagwa - formerly a close ally of Mugabe - won 50.8% in last week's vote, just scraping in above the 50% run-off threshold.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  nelson chamisa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  zimbabwe 2018 elections

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