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ED must accept defeat: Chamisa

By Daniel Chigundu

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to accept defeat in the just ended harmonised elections.

Chamisa, who is challenging the Presidential election results in the Constitutional Court, claims the election was rigged in favour of Mnangagwa who was declared the winner by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Addressing the media Chamisa said he is ready to assume the Presidential office as soon as the matter is settled.

“People voted, they overwhelmingly voted for change, they voted for this candidate and this candidate is ready to assume office at the appropriate time.

“Mr Mnangagwa (Emmerson) was defeated and as I will indicate we urge his to accept that defeat and to be honourable enough, patriotic enough, humble enough, revolutionary enough, to accept the will of the people,” he said.

Chamisa added that they have overwhelming evidence that to show that the election was rigged courtesy of their anti-rigging unit that was employed during the election.

“We had the safeguard that is why we want the court to declare, we have the evidence we did put in place the anti-rigging unit that is why we know the actual results and that’s why we know where they have cheated.

“And that is why Chigumba is in sixes and sevens on this issue, that is why they continue to revise Mr Mnangagwa’s figures downwards and we don’t know where they are going to stop.

“So we won this election, it’s not an easy thing for us to garner the millions of votes that we have garnered. And Mr Mnangagwa’s millions are actually fiction, some are engineered, some produced on his behalf, declared on his behalf, some are forced in terms of assisted voters, some are command votes where they had to commandeer people to vote for them and some they have multiplied,” he said.

The Constitutional Court is scheduled to sit this coming Wednesday (22 August) to hear the Chamisa’s petition in a case that is also going to put the independence of the judiciary system to test.

Chamisa’s legal team which he has branded the A-legal team is composed of both locals and regional legal minds, including those used by the late South African iconic President Nelson Mandela.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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