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court takes up Mugabe re-election challenge
Sebastian Mhofu, VOA News
August 14, 2013
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Electoral Court has begun hearing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
of the re-election
of President Robert Mugabe in the July 31 polls.
in has been put on hold and investors have been cautious since the
re-election of the 89-year-old leader because of his policy of seizing
foreign owned firms.
his Movement for Democratic Change accuse the Zimbabwe Election
Commission of rigging the election for Mugabe's Zanu-PF party. On
Wednesday, they were at the Electoral Court to force the commission
to produce all election materials.
the lawyer for Tsvangirai, told reporters that the court reserved
time is of essence here," he said. "We need access to
those materials to demonstrate beyond doubt that the election was
not properly conducted, to demonstrate the will of the people was
not reflected in that election. There must be a reason why they
do not want to produce those materials. That reason is that there
are definitely, definitely, definitely, ghosts in those sealed materials
that they do not want us access.”
commission declared that Mugabe defeated Tsvangirai, 61 to 34 percent
in the July 31 polls, which Tsvangirai is challenging. He wants
the election commission to produce all election material before
the Constitutional Court hears the challenge of Mugabe’s re-election
Since his re-election,
Zimbabwe’s stock market has been on a downward fall. Christopher
Mugaga, an economist who heads Econometer Global Capital in Harare,
says the stock market will only recover if Mugabe comes clear on
the “indigenization” policy that was part of his election
campaign. Indigenization refers to Zimbabwe’s policy of seizing
the majority stake of foreign owed companies.
policy itself does not have a fund which is in existence,"
Mugaga pointed out. "There has been speculation on how they
are going to fund or finance the 51 percent stake the government
is taking from foreign companies. There is need for Mugabe to see
to it that his indigenization policy does not appear as a vendetta
or a slogan. It has to be a policy which should accommodate foreign
interests, as you know most capital intensive industries will not
accept in any way such a policy.”
This week, Mugabe
told delegates honoring the country’s heroes of independence
that the “indigenization” policy has not affected this
southern African country as critics say.
economy remains one of the most stable economies in the region for
now," said Mugabe. "It is government's expectation that
indigenous mining experts will take advantage of these opportunities
to pursue various empowerment enterprises for our people in line
with our indigenization and empowerment policy. Ladies and Gentlemen,
comrades and friends, the empowerment agenda remains central to
government's priorities," he said.
manifesto of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party was “Taking Back
The Economy: Indigenize, Empower, Develop and Create Employment.’’
So far, investors seem to be at odds with that, as they are selling
off their shares.
Constitutional Court has until August 23 to decide the election
dispute. A nullification would mean new polls would be called in
60 days. If the case is dismissed, Mugabe will be sworn in within
election is set to dominate a meeting of Southern African leaders
In 2008, African
leaders refused to recognize an election in which Mugabe claimed
victory over Tsvangirai. They forced the two to form a fragile power-sharing
government that ended with the July 31 elections.
The polls were
Tsvangirai’s third attempt to defeat Mugabe, Zimbabwe's ruler
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