Mugabe’s veiled ConCourt threat: Analysts

President Robert Mugabe’s belligerent declaration that anyone who doesn’t accept the results of the recent election should go and hang was a veiled threat to the Constitutional Court judges that they had better not dare to rule against him, say analysts.

Celebrations at Heroes Acre on Monday .
Celebrations at Heroes Acre on Monday .

Mugabe told some 5,000 people gathered at the national shrine that Zanu (PF) had won in a free and fair election, and was delivering democracy on a platter. He challenged the world to take it or leave it. Zimbabwe is expected to be on the SADC Lilongwe meeting agenda later this week.

“Mugabe was simply warning the courts not to dare rule otherwise. In fact, our courts have no precedence of any nullification of Mugabe victories at election despite undeniable and overwhelming evidence,” said the director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, Pedzisai Ruhanya.

Election court challenges made by MDC in 2000 and 2008 are yet to be heard.

MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, described Mugabe’s statements at the Heroes’ celebrations as unfortunate.

“It is as though he already knows the courts’ ruling on the court challenges. This is the problem we have as a country,” said Mwonzora in a telephone interview.

Kurauwone Chihwayi, the MDC spokesperson, said Mugabe spoke so convincingly about no chances of election results being overturned because he knew that he manipulated state institutions including the judiciary.

“It is unfortunate that Mugabe and Zanu (PF) were celebrating gaining power through fraudulent means,” he said, adding that the resignations by some ZEC commissioners last week suggested that there was something fishy about how the elections were conducted.

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