2023 elections drama: Zanu PF gives CCC leader Nelson Chamisa good advice


ZANU PF, the ruling party in Zimbabwe, has advised Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), to pursue legal action following his dissatisfaction with the results of the general election. Incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa of ZANU PF emerged victorious with 52.6 percent of the vote, securing a second and final term as the country’s leader.

Following the release of the election results, the CCC expressed its disagreement, accusing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of publishing an “incorrect” outcome. In response, Christopher Mutsvangwa, the spokesperson for ZANU PF, cautioned Chamisa against resorting to violence to express his grievances.

Zanu PF spokesperson Chris Mutsvangwa

Mutsvangwa emphasized the importance of upholding the country’s constitution and utilizing the existing systems for conflict resolution. He urged Chamisa and the opposition to seek legal redress, stating that the constitution provides various avenues for addressing grievances.

The election on Wednesday faced delays as the ZEC failed to deliver voting materials on time in major cities, leading to allegations of voter suppression by the opposition.

Reportedly, the CCC’s chief election agent refused to sign the final presidential results on Saturday night, further fuelling the dispute.

In 2018, a similar electoral dispute between Chamisa and Mnangagwa resulted in the case being brought before the Constitutional Court, which ultimately upheld Mnangagwa’s victory.

Chamisa is yet to reveal his next course of action following the contested election on Wednesday.

Mutsvangwa reiterated that it is vital to respect and abide by the constitution, urging the opposition to approach the courts for resolution. He stated that ZANU PF, despite any difficulties, would strive to comply with court rulings.

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