Si­lence not weak­ness, Chamisa warned

Daily Nation Newspaper - - WORLD -

HARARE Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa’s si­lence amid con­tin­ued “ac­cu­sa­tions by op­po­si­tion leader Nel­son Chamisa that he rigged the July 30 elec­tions is not a sign of weak­ness,” his spokesper­son has re­port­edly said.

Ac­cord­ing to The Stan­dard news­pa­per, Ge­orge Charamba said that Mnan­gagwa was not weak. “…the si­lence of Mnan­gagwa is not a weak­ness. He is a man of steel and wool, depend­ing on which side you tickle him. This nar­ra­tive that the le­git­i­macy of the pres­i­dent is made through ac­cep­tance of de­feat by the op­po­si­tion leader is a false nar­ra­tive,” Charamba was quoted as say­ing. Charamba’s re­marks came as the leader of the op­po­si­tion Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC) main­tained last week that he won the elec­tions and “he was not go­ing to wait for the 2023 gen­eral elec­tions to face off with Mnan­gagwa.” News Day re­ported. Chamisa said that he was work­ing on a “grand plan” to un­seat Mnan­gagwa “peace­fully be­fore the next elec­tions. Zim­babwe’s top court in Au­gust dis­missed MDC’s bid to have pres­i­den­tial elec­tions an­nulled over al­leged rig­ging in favour of Mnan­gagwa. In a unan­i­mous rul­ing, Chief Jus­tice Luke Mal­aba dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion with costs af­ter strongly crit­i­cis­ing the le­gal chal­lenge. Mnan­gagwa, of the rul­ing Zanu-PF party, won the elec­tion with 50.6 per­cent of the vote - just enough to meet the 50 per­cent thresh­old needed to avoid a run-off against MDC’s Chamisa, who scored 44.3 per­cent. Chamisa also re­cently re­jected an of­fer by Mnan­gagwa to recog­nised him as the leader of the op­po­si­tion in par­lia­ment. Mean­while, Zim­bab­wean churches are re­port­edly push­ing to bring Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa and Chamisa to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble to re­solve an on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal im­passe fol­low­ing the coun­try’s dis­puted polls in July. –

Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Nel­son Chamisa

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