With President Emmerson Mnangagwa wrestling his deputy, ex-General Constantine Chiwenga, while the ZANU PF government continues to mismanage the economy, “there will be no happy ending for Zimbabwe in 2019,” argues Professor Stephen Chan of the University of London.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the disputed 2018 presidential election by the Constitutional Court after initially grabbing power through a military coup, is unlikely to bring real democracy and stop further militarisation in Zimbabwe.
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.
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.
An international human rights group is calling on Gen. Constantino Chiwenga and the Zimbabwean military to uphold the human rights of several people detained after last week’s unprecedented military coup against former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe.