EU Calls for restraint post con court ruling

The European Union delegation to Zimbabwe has called for restraint in the aftermath of a constitutional court ruling that dismissed the MDC Alliance presidential election results petition while confirming Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the July 30 polls.

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In a statement yesterday, EU said it acknowledged the Con Court ruling urging all stakeholders involved to respect the constitution and rule of law.

“Today, Zimbabwe’s constitutional court dismissed the petition filed by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa challenging results of the 30 July presidential election, thereby confirming Emmerson D Mnangagwa as the winner of the poll.

“It is important that everyone respects the constitution of Zimbabwe and rule of law. Acknowledging the verdict of Zimbabwe’s highest court, all stakeholders should call for calm and restraint in both victory and defeat,” noted EU.

The European block condemned post electoral violence that has recently gone up in some areas calling for investigations and justice to the perpetrators.

The recent increase in politically motivated human rights violations including some acts of post electoral retribution is unacceptable. All cases need to be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice,” further noted EU.

Meanwhile Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has dismissed the Con Court ruling saying the country’s judiciary system was conflating with Zanu PF which they also accused of commandeering al state and independent institutions.

CiZC added that the ruling against the MDC Alliance petition had further heightened citizens’ mistrust in Zimbabwe’s judiciary system and other key government institutions.

“The 30 July election has no capacity to solve the state legitimacy question and return to constitutional order. We are also concerned that the constitutional crisis is set to escalate after the ConCourt ruling,” noted the human rights group.

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