Zimbabwe police on high alert ahead of election court bid

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All Zimbabwe police have been recalled from leave to be deployed outside the Constitutional Court and around the country.  This as MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa challenges President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory.

Zimbabweans will be able to follow the proceedings in court on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) in the country and the diaspora.

The MDC says South African Advocates Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi who arrived Tuesday night have the clearance to appear in court.

The Zimbabwe Chapter of the Media Institute Of Southern Africa (MISA) lost a court bid to allow independent producers to livestream the proceedings.

This means other broadcasters will pay the ZBC either $13 500  per day or  $1 500 per hour to beam the live feed.

Zimbabwe police say any disruptions will be dealt with without any favour and they are expected to be on high alert following the heavy handed deployment of the army.

Mpofu and team in Zimbabwe

South African advocates, Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, are set to represent Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance and its leader, Nelson Chamisa, in their election court challenge on Wednesday.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced last month that the vote had been won by incumbent President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and his Zanu-PF party – but Chamisa and the MDC claim there were irregularities.

The South African lawyers were waiting for permission from Zimbabwe’s Minister of Justice to work in that country.

MDC Aliance spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda says this has now been granted.

“They have accreditation. That’s all the really matters. There are five lawyers here, six actually, and they are not all going to speak to the judge, unless one of them are going to speak to the judge – that is the situation anyway, one person speaks at a time.”

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