Chamisa lashes out at SADC leaders attending Mnangagwa inauguration

By Staff Reporter

Opposition Movement of Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says SADC leaders attending Sunday’s inauguration of Zimbabwe’s president-elect, Emmerson Mnangagwa, are endorsing an illegitimate ZANU-PF victory.
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi, DRC’s President Joseph Kabila and Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thom Thabane are attending Mnangagwa’s presidential inauguration at Harare’s National Stadium.
Other leaders in attendance are Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano among others. The United Nations was also represented at the event.
Chamisa said at an earlier press briefing from another part of Harare that those leaders attending the presidential inauguration were endorsing what the people of Zimbabwe had rejected.
“I am the one who should have the mandate to lead the people of Zimbabwe,” said Chamisa as Tendai Biti, who was recently deported from neighbouring Zambia where he sought assylum, sat besides him. “We wrote to SADC but they have not replied to us.”
He said not even President Ramaphosa had responded to his correspondence on the Zimbabwean electoral outcome.
Chamisa also said in as much as they respect the Constitutional Court, which ruled in favour of the ZANU-PF’s Mnangagwa, the MDC Alliance does not agree with the court decision.
He charged that even the ConCourt can make mistakes the same way the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission made mistakes during the vote tallying process.
“The legal door is closed now,” said Chamisa. “But the political door is still open.”



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