President Emmerson Mnangagwa warns Chamisa

October 7, 2018
| Report Focus News

Mnangagwa’s silence amid continued “accusations by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa that he rigged the July 30 elections is not a sign of weakness”, the presidential spokesman has reportedly said.

George Charamba said that Mnangagwa was not weak.

“…the silence of Mnangagwa is not a weakness. He is a man of steel and wool, depending on which side you tickle him.

“This narrative that the legitimacy of the president is made through acceptance of defeat by the opposition leader is a false narrative,” Charamba said

Presidential spokesman remarks came as the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) maintained last week that he won the elections and “he was not going to wait for the 2023 general elections to face off with Mnangagwa.”

Chamisa said that he was working on a “grand plan” to unseat Mnangagwa “peacefully before the next elections.

‘I have no fear’

“We won, but they announced something different. Now, do we wait for 2023 while we know that we won the election? Is that possible? Now we are in the process of organising our supporters in the country so that we all have one aim, to say ‘what we voted for should be respected; the results that were announced are your own problem, but the vote of the people should be respected’,”

Constitutional Court in August dismissed MDC’s bid to have presidential elections annulled over alleged rigging in favour of Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa, of the ruling Zanu-PF party, won the election with 50.6% of the vote – just enough to meet the 50% threshold needed to avoid a run-off against MDC’s Chamisa, who scored 44.3%.