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 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 President ED Mnangagwa inherited former president Robert Mugabe’s sophisticated election rigging machinery, which will likely propel him to victory during the Southern African country’s 2018 harmonized elections, scheduled for July 30th.
Zimbabwe’s first election without Robert Mugabe may produce one of the most gender-imbalanced legislatures in the world. So far, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu PF party has fielded only 19 women out of 210 candidates contesting parliamentary seats across the country.
The Zimbabwe military ousted former president Robert Mugabe to save a disintegrating ruling Zanu PF party. Can its continued involvement in Zimbabwean politics under installed president Emmerson Mnangagwa guarantee essential reforms, democracy and justice?