August 28, 2023

Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Challenges Election Outcome

Nelson Chamisa – the leader of the opposition party in Zimbabwe’s presidential election – has accused Emmerson Mnangagwa of committing fraud and rejected the recent election results.

Mnangagwa was declared president of the country for his second term on Saturday, 26 August, by 52.6% of the ballots according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Chamisa purportedly received 44% of the vote, however, the 44-year-old opposition leader has claimed that the results are a sham.

“They stole your voice and vote but never your hope. It’s a blatant and gigantic fraud,” Chamisa declared via X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday, 27 August, before adding: “There shall be freedom and justice in Zimbabwe!”

Chamisa will have a week to take his case to court and will need to submit evidence to back up his accusations.

Several international observers have also voiced their own concerns about the electoral proceedings. The spokesperson for António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), also released a statement via the organisation’s official website on Sunday.

In the statement, the UN declared that they were monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe as they had received “reports of voter intimidation, threats of violence, harassment and coercion.”

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