By Ndabeni Mlotshwa
Bulawayo — Former stalwarts of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have urged their ex-ally, Nelson Chamisa, to accept the verdict of the Constitutional Court endorsing the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the Zimbabwean president.
This follows Chamisa’s decision to appeal against the court’s decision by approaching the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights over the alleged rigged election.
Lovemore Moyo, the founding chairman of the MDC-T, is among other ex-allies urging Chamisa to accept the court ruling upholding Mnangagwa’s election victory.
“The UDM notes and respects the decision handed down by the honourable court and we hope that this will put to rest the presidential contestation,” Moyo said.
Moyo said the ruling conveyed strongly the respect of the constitutional right of the aggrieved parties to approach the court for redress.
“However, it is our plea to the ruling party to be chivalrous in its victory. Equally so, we encourage the MDC Alliance to accept the outcome handed down by the honourable court,” he said.
Thokozani Khupe, a co- deputy president of the MDC alongside Chamisa while Morgan Tsvangirai (now late) led party, also urged the opposition and ruling party to move the country forward in the wake of the divisive election.
Khupe, who also broke away from the party earlier this year and contested for the presidency leading the MDC-Tsvangirai party, attended Mnangagwa’s inauguration on Sunday alongside several opposition presidential candidates that contested.
Chamisa snubbed the colourful event held in the capital Harare.
Western nations and blocs, seen as sympathetic to the MDC, also endorsed the election of Mnangagwa.
Harriett Baldwin, United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Africa, called on Mnangagwa to reach out to his political rivals and work to build their confidence and trust.
Heather Nauert, United States Department of State spokesperson, said encouraged Mnangagwa’s government to hold substantive discussions with all stakeholders and implement electoral and broader political and economic reforms.
“We stand ready to continue our dialogue with Zimbabwe’s political, economic, and civil society leaders to foster inclusive democratic governance for the betterment of all citizens,” Nauert said.
The African Union (AU) chairman and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, also urged all parties involved in the elections to work together towards development.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders who attended Mnangagwa’s inauguration promised to support the country while the world’s second largest economy, China, promised close to US$10 billion (about R145 billion) worth of investments to Zimbabwe.