Zimbabwe’s Nelson Chamisa to be arrested if he carries out ‘inauguration’

September 12, 2018
| Report Focus News

Nelson Chamisa the Zimbabwe opposition leader faces arrest if he has himself “sworn in” as president this week, says Zimbabwe’s justice minister

Chamisa has said he will be “inaugurated by the people” at the party’s 19th anniversary celebrations in Harare on Saturday.

But Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said what Chamisa’s MDC Alliance is planning to do is “a serious breach of the law”. He said only the country’s chief justice is allowed to inaugurate a president.

Peace and law

“We are going to arrest him if he does that. Those who are mandated to maintain peace and law are ready to arrest him,” the minister sad

“It is unfortunate that he can’t accept reality and move on as an opposition leader,” Ziyambi said.

Analysts say Nelson Chamisa’s proposed “inauguration” echoes that of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who refused to accept the election win by President Uhuru Kenyatta last year.

Kenyan Odinga had himself “sworn in” as president at a symbolic ceremony in Nairobi in January

Still Smarting

Chamisa is still smarting from what he says was a stolen election on July 30, which saw President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the winner with 50.6% of the vote, compared to his own 44.3%.

The MDC Alliance leader told supporters at a rally in Chitungwiza last weekend that “the person who was voted for by the people should be inaugurated by the people,”

“An opposition can have a shadow cabinet but ours is different because we are an alternative government,” he said.