Breaking News

Chamisa's road to nowhere after Sadc shuts door

by Staff reporter
04 December 2018 | 5375 Views
Every fair-minded person knew it all along but Sadc helped drill the point into recalcitrant opposition heads at the weekend when the regional body declared that President Mnangagwa's legitimacy is unquestionable.

This is not a point that we needed to make really for making it suggests an element of doubt but we have to make it once again for the benefit of the MDC Alliance which has, since August, been unashamedly questioning the presidential election result that showed that its leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa lost to President Mnangagwa.

On August 3, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), an independent constitutional body, declared the President the winner of the presidential election after he polled 2 460 463 votes, against Mr Chamisa's 2 147 436. The opposition politician rejected the outcome and petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking an order for the result as announced by Zec to be overturned.

His petition was devoid of any proof of vote rigging, only presenting a mathematical model whose accuracy and reliability any court would not vouch for. The apex court declared, on August 24, President Mnangagwa duly elected in terms of the laws of the country.

The judgment meant that he had secured legitimacy at two levels, first in terms of the popular will of the Zimbabwean electorate whose results were announced by Zec and second, in terms of the decision of the highest court in the land.

In addition to that, a range of observer missions to the July 30 elections, among them Sadc and the African Union, had come to the same conclusion.

Therefore, the President's legitimacy was evidently unquestionable since then, but all this does not prevent opposition naysayers from continuing to question the unquestionable.

Mr Chamisa made remarks to that effect at his protest march in Harare last week adding that he had sent a petition on the same to Sadc and African Union. This has been the basis of his demand for dialogue that he said will result in the formation of what he terms a "transitional authority" to return the country to "legitimacy."

Sadc Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, visiting the country last week, told The Sunday Mail that President Mnangagwa is in office legitimately and that her office was actually laying the groundwork that will see him assuming the chairpersonship of the influential Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation sometime next year.

"In terms of the petition, I have not received the petition," she said.

"What should be recognised is that Zimbabwe is a sovereign country, Zimbabwe has a Constitution and Zimbabwe is guided by a number of legislation. Our advice is that let those be observed, elections took place, elections were contested, the Constitutional Court also judged. So all those were processes and instruments to ensure that there is democracy."

Earlier, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, a member of the Motlanthe Commission that is investigating the circumstances surrounding the August 1 violence that left six people dead and valuable property destroyed in Harare, had asserted the President's legitimacy. He told Mr Chamisa when the opposition leader appeared before the commission last week that the presidential election result was valid having been declared by Zec and endorsed by the top court.

Also last week, the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mr George Charamba, who is the Presidential spokesman too, told a private paper that President Mnangagwa was open to dialogue with Mr Chamisa, but the opposition leader must first accept that the President was democratically elected.

Indeed this point that Mr Charamba made is fundamental as a starting point for any dialogue between the President and the opposition, which, in our view must not be limited to MDC Alliance only but other parties that are in much the same position as the coalition. Sadc's position on the legitimacy of the Government, while well known and obvious before The Sunday Mail interview, is important in a few respects.

It fatally weakens Mr Chamisa's voice in his persistent calls for dialogue with Zanu-PF and his continued rejection of the election results that everyone who matters has already certified as inviolable. He is attempting to make the election issue the pivot of his calls for dialogue, but if it is only he who believes there is a legitimacy question to address, he is on a road to nowhere.

At another level, Sadc's position means that the petition that Mr Chamisa claims to have sent to the regional bloc is a waste of time.

There is no possibility that Sadc would even begin to read the petition, if any exists, having already made its position on Zimbabwe clear. Dr Tax's remark that she had not seen the so-called petition is enough to demonstrate her office and the region's attitude towards Mr Chamisa's antics.

Chamisa Road Zimbabwe

All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: chronicle


Latest News

Christianity and the Curse of the Papa Generation

by Robert Sigauke | 16 February 2019 | 138 Views

Avalanche of blunders gives Mangudya guts to challenge 'Tzar' Ncube - ...

by Nomusa Garikai | 16 February 2019 | 432 Views

Tribute to 'Save' the late Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai

by Leonard Koni | 16 February 2019 | 92 Views

Zimbabwe shelves plans to join Africa Continental Free Trade Area

by newzimbabwe | 16 February 2019 | 109 Views

Ways Winky D & Gemma Griffiths (Mu garden) song should educate ZANU PF...

by Don Chigumba | 16 February 2019 | 141 Views

24 bodies retrieved from the Battlefields Mine disaster

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 592 Views

High Court blow for Mnangagwa's PG

by ZimLive | 16 February 2019 | 801 Views

WATCH: 8 miners pulled out alive after 5 days in flooded tunnel

by Reuters/ZimLive | 16 February 2019 | 432 Views

'Magaya church not paying tax'

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 142 Views

EU tightens screws on Mnangagwa - THE European Union (EU) is set to ha...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 407 Views

Chamisa 'the chosen one' ring-fences presidency

by STaff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 349 Views

Mnangagwa sued over NPRC lifespan

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 187 Views

Lightning strikes family, kills mother - TRAGEDY hit a Rusape family o...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 217 Views

Research key to economic development: Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 41 Views

Thomas Mapfumo claims $1,2 million defamation damages

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 219 Views

Zimbabwe moots stop and search roadblocks

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 250 Views

Mugabe's top cop sued over $167,000 electricity debt

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 136 Views

Beitbridge refuse collection worker crushed by truck - A BEITBRIDGE re...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 117 Views

Mnangagwa ducks CEO Africa roundtable - PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa y...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 110 Views

MDC Alliance senator for Hwange acquitted - A MAGISTRATE has acquitted...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 60 Views

Perm sec's wife arrested at Supa's trial - THERE was drama at the Hara...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 202 Views

Salad cream intercepted at border - AUTHORITIES at Beitbridge Border P...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 145 Views

Jonathan Moyo lawsuit crumbles

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 147 Views

Granny killer sentenced to death - A BEITBRIDGE man, who waylaid a 65-...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 132 Views

'Expelled' FOG members take founder to court - THE founding leader of ...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 117 Views

Zanu-PF slams US big brother mentality - ZANU-PF has condemned the Uni...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 65 Views

Zifa to bring Warriors games to BF - ZIFA president Felton Kamambo has...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 81 Views

BCC ordered to stop mining activities - THE Government has ordered Bul...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 58 Views

Man beats up police officers, throws plate of sadza at them - A tout h...

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 149 Views


HIFA 2019 cancelled

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 February 2019 | 539 Views

WATCH: Jah Prayzah and Misred drop Kunerima video

by Mandla Ndlovu | 12 February 2019 | 5212 Views

Call to honour Cont Mhlanga

by Staff reporter | 12 February 2019 | 1592 Views

Mr Yada Yada slays the slay-queens

by Nigel Siziba | 10 February 2019 | 2968 Views

Misred meme goes viral online

by Staff reporter | 08 February 2019 | 8877 Views

Babongile Sikhonjwa leaves Skyz Metro FM

by Mandla Ndlovu | 07 February 2019 | 2188 Views

Valentine's treat for maskandi lovers - The countdown to the day reser...

by Staff reporter | 06 February 2019 | 920 Views

PHOTOS: Zodwa Wabantu buys a coffin worth R150 000

by Mandla Ndlovu | 06 February 2019 | 5113 Views

Samsung Gear Vr Innovator Edition For S6: The Perfect Vr Intro For Professionals

we're drenched in talk about the impending wave of consumer-facing vr headsets about to hit the market, starting at the end of 2015. by contrast, you can walk into a best buy right now and pick up the samsung gear vr innovator edition for the galax... Read More
Sergey 20 June 2015 ago

Tb Joshua Worst Enemy Angelique Tonge Exposed

About two years ago, we came out emphatically about those behind the t.b joshua watch. many were those who thought we were framing innocent people up or on a witch hunt. some events have vindicated us and the cat is out of the bag. it is said that no... Read More
pointblank 01 May 2015 ago