Zimbabwe sets date for presidential inaguration

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Zimbabwe’s government has set this Sunday, 12 August, as the date for president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration following a disputed election.

While there have been celebrations over the results in some quarters and expressions of bitterness in others, people have begun concentrating on their work instead of remaining fixated with the events of the past week in which six people died after the army fired on protesting civilians.

The civilians, mainly supporters of the MDC Alliance, were protesting the delay in announcing the election results and alleging that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission was trying to manipulate them in favour

The main opposition MDC Alliance is yet to lodge its court application contesting the results, but has until Friday’s deadline to do so.

According to the Constitution, any aggrieved presidential candidate may challenge the validity of an election within seven days after the date of the declaration of results.

The party says the poll was manipulated to deny its leader the presidency.

Among its claims are that ballot boxes were stuffed, and that numbers were deflated for their candidate Nelson Chamisa and inflated for President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa.

If the MDC Alliance lodges an application challenging the election result and the courts decide that the group has a case, then the inauguration could be put on hold.

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