Zanu PF Engages 12 Lawyers To Defend Election Fraud

Zanu-PF has assembled a 12-member legal team to prepare responses to litigation by MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa, who is set to challenge results of the July 30 presidential election won by President Mnangagwa.

Chamisa has refused to accept defeat and claims to have evidence the polls were rigged in favour of Zanu-PF by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). Chamisa has been threatening multi-thronged action ever since he lost, including litigation.

In an interview yesterday, Zanu-PF Secretary for Finance Patrick Chinamasa confirmed the setting up of the 12-member legal team, saying the MDC Alliance’s threat of litigation was unwarranted.

“Zanu-PF has assembled a 12-member legal team to prepare responses to the unwarranted litigation being threatened by the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa challenging the validity of the Presidential vote,” said Chinamasa.

The legal team include Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs, Paul Mangwana, himself a veteran lawyer just like Chinamasa.

“Zanu-PF will defend the will of the Zimbabwean people as expressed through free, fair, transparent and credible elections that took place on 30 July,” said Chinamasa.

He said the legal team was also unhappy about the behaviour of MDC Alliance towards the judiciary.

“The Zanu-PF legal team is gravely perturbed by the utterances of the legal practitioners representing the MDC Alliance leader which are in utter contempt of the judiciary,” said Chinamasa.

“Statements by the MDC Alliance lawyer suggesting that the judiciary is under capture and biased are a direct attack on the independence of the judiciary and should be considered disgraceful, especially coming from legal practitioners, who as officers of the court, should know better.”

Chinamasa said the lawyers will soon be reported to the Law Society of Zimbabwe.

“In due course, Zanu-PF will lodge complaints with the Law Society of Zimbabwe against the legal practitioners who have crossed the line in so far as their duties to the court are concerned,” said Chinamasa.

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