This week, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court heard the opposition MDC Alliance’s historic petition against the questionable results of the 2018 presidential election. In his challenge, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa argued that “gross irregularities” effectively invalidated the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s declaration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the election.
Zimbabwe President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s calculated post-2018 election terror campaign against the opposition MDC Alliance, which included the murder of six people people by the military, arbitrary arrests, and detentions, caught the world media’s attention.
The ruling Zanu PF party’s new parliamentary majority and the military’s post-2018 election killings in Harare cast doubt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s promise of a new dawn for Zimbabwe after Mugabe.
A coalition of Zimbabwean civic society organizations convening under the banner of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says Zimbabwe’s 2018 harmonized elections failed to pass the credibility test and “seem to have betrayed the national aspiration”.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has delayed announcing the outcome of Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe elections, raising opposition fears that the commission is trying to manufacture victory for President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu PF party.
Zimbabwe’s first presidential elections without Robert Mugabe on the ballot are likely to end in a crisis requiring mediation by Canada and other neutral members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the international community.