ZANU PF and Government Chief Whip in the House of Assembly, Pupurai Togarepi, has mooted a move to enable his party take legal action against the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance’s Members of Parliament for not recognising President Emmerson Mnangagwa despite the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling that Mnangagwa had won after the 2018 presidential election.
Mnangagwa, leader of the ruling Zanu PF party, won the election with 50.8 percent of the vote, narrowly passing the 50 percent plus one threshold needed to avoid a runoff, while his main opponent, Chamisa, garnered 44.3 percent.
Zimbabwe’s top court in 2018 dismissed an opposition bid to have presidential election results annulled over alleged rigging in favour of Mnangagwa.
Speaking to the thousands who thronged Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma at a Zanu PF Youth convention, Togarepi said the MDC should be charged with contempt of court for failing to respect the ConCourt judgment declaring the incumbent as the legitimate Head of State.
“We went to elections last year and Your Excellency, you emerged the winner and the MDC Alliance took us to the ConCourt, which is the highest court on the land, and we were also declared winners. But they do not want to recognise you, Your Excellency. We have the best legal brains in our party and these people should be taken to court and charged with contempt of court,” Togarepi said.
MDC Alliance legislators have been boycotting parliamentary attendances by Mnangagwa, saying he is not the country’s legitimate President.
Zanu PF has now also adopted a counter move that is meant to sabotage all Parliamentary Portfolios chaired by MDC Alliance MPs until the opposition agrees to recognise Mnangagwa as legitimate President of Zimbabwe.