Zimbabwe opposition party, the Citizens Coalition for Change has conceded defeat and given up on challenging the recent presidential election results.
The recent elections has been marred by controversy, with the main opposition party, the Citizens Coalition for Change, deciding not to challenge the results in court.
Led by Nelson Chamisa, the CCC claims that the country’s courts are ‘captured,’ favouring President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling party, Zanu-PF.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that Mnangagwa had won the presidential vote with 52.6% of the total votes cast, while Chamisa received 44%. The remaining votes were divided among smaller parties. Despite the close margin, the CCC believes that the election was neither free nor fair, and that Mnangagwa’s victory should be set aside.
CCC spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi stated that the party would not pursue legal action in their efforts to overturn Mnangagwa’s win, citing their lack of confidence in the impartiality of the courts. Instead, the CCC has opted for a political and diplomatic approach. Diplomatic envoys have been sent to exert pressure on Mnangagwa and his associates to acknowledge the alleged electoral irregularities and facilitate a new election that adheres to the guidelines set by the Southern African Development Community.
Furthermore, mass protests are being considered as a means of demonstrating the widespread dissatisfaction with the election results. However, Emmerson Mnangagwa has made it clear that his security forces are prepared to suppress any uprisings and arrest those involved in protests.
Despite the controversy surrounding the election, several prominent African leaders are expected to attend Mnangagwa’s inauguration ceremony. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi are among the dignitaries set to be in attendance.
According to a source in the Botswana presidency, President Mokgweetsi Masisi is not anticipated to attend the inauguration in Harare. In addition to this, authorities have organised a soccer match between Zimbabwe and Namibia as an attempt to attract crowds.
“While our president has extended his congratulations to President Mnangagwa on his re-election, it is unlikely that he will be travelling to Zimbabwe. He is scheduled to travel to Perth in Australia, where he will be delivering a keynote address at the Africa Down Under conference,” stated the source.
Mkwananzi expressed that it may be premature for African leaders to offer their congratulations to the president-elect of Zimbabwe.