President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to put the nation first extending an olive branch to the opposition leader towards peace, unity and nation building.
President Mnangagwa, whose presidency was being challenged by Chamisa at the Constitutional Court said his “door was open and arms were outstretched” for the opposition leader towards building a better Zimbabwe.
Said Mnangagwa following the ruling by Chief Justice Luke Malaba which dismissed with costs the MDC Alliance poll petition:
“After the wholly unnecessary violent protests, we welcomed the legal route which the MDC eventually took to challenge the elections.
We have independent courts and we promised to respect their decision. Just as with the insights received from the international monitors, we will implement all recommendations to further improve our democratic process.
We were not surprised by the court’s decision. The election results were firmly in line with all the pre-election polling, and were entirely consistent with the final tally of ZESN, the largest body of independent observers.
The observers also reiterated that this was the most peaceful, transparent, and credible election Zimbabwe has ever had.
I once again reiterate my call for peace and unity above all. Nelson Chamisa, my door is open and my arms are outstretched, we are one nation, and we must put our nation first.
Let us all now put our differences behind us. It is time to move forward together.”
— Zimbabwe Eye