President Emmerson Mnangagwa is today officially the President, as the Constitutional Court has verified the Harmonized Elections of 30th July 2018. That means his election and can prepare for his inauguration, as his first elected term as President. This is the continuation of Robert Mugabe, the legacy of Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). They might try to change the perception, but the reality is that the regime is acting like Mugabe, but without him. The Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga promised to continue the Operation Restore Legacy until Mnangagwa was elected. He now is, so the coup d’etat in November 2017 have just changed the heads, but their actions are the same.
“The Constitutional Court has upheld President Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 harmonised elections and dismissed, with costs, an application by MDC Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa to have the election results nullified. Sitting with eight other judges, Chief Justice Luke Malaba said: “The application is dismissed with costs. In terms of Section 93, subsection 4 subparagraph (a) of the Constitution Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is duly declared the winner of the presidential elections held on the 30th of July 2018.” (The Herald – ‘BREAKING: ED win upheld’ 24.08.2018).
We know that the results was ready for, as even during the SADC Summit, the President said he had already won and therefore, asked the SADC to stop the sanctions towards the Republic. We know that the ZANU-PF was prepared for this result, as they have already started to prepare the stadium for the inauguration and the swearing-in ceremony of Mnangagwa.
We now know that as long as the result is in favor of the ZANU-PF, the institutions will be in favor of them. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission couldn’t do any wrong in a way, even if they changed a bit the results, the changes of voter-rolls and the marginal changes during the court case even. Therefore, it is rare that this sort of misconduct and lack of transparent activity is accepted. That only happens if the Mnangagwa worked one more level for more legitimacy at the cost of the truth.
If there had been fairness, the reality would be to annul it, but the Constitutional Court and the ZANU-PF wouldn’t postpone or even try to re-run. As they have all the powers and there is no need to play again. They have already settled the score, they have played this election and tried to show a little more openness. However, the state machinery was made for Mnangagwa and his cronies.
Mnangagwa might be the President and will be sworn-in quickly, some people expect within 48 hours. That means by the end of the weekend. However, the reality is that there was no celebration of the first announced results on the 2nd August 2018. I doubt that there will be many in streets celebrating him today. The contested and heated election, which without a doubt will be questioned for the times to come. As there maladministration and the lack of protocol up to the election. Can be questioned and deserves so, the appointed judges of ZANU-PF, was not surprising that they we’re delivering for ZANU-PF.
Pfee, MDC-Alliance never had a chance, the game was rigged for Mnangagwa. That we knew, but the reality is that everyone will blame MDC for not bringing the game to the Courts. However, this one was fixed. Just like the match was fixed before the polls. That is why we haven’t seen Mnangagwa sweet or be stressed by the matter. But just being cool and collected, while blaming the opposition now and then. Peace.