Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is mocking what he calls the vote-rigging in the election narrowly won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the first vote without longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot.
“Mr Mugabe was at least sophisticated,” Chamisa tells journalists, to laughter. “This was pedestrian … The numbers they presented didn’t even add up.”
Chamisa, who won over 44% of Monday’s vote, says the deadly violence since the peaceful election is a “repeat of what we saw in the yesteryear of the regime.”
He says the opposition will challenge the election results and claims that he won “significantly.” He says otherwise Zimbabwe’s government is not legitimate.
Nelson Chamisa is declaring “a day of mourning … for democracy” and rejecting the results of the election in which President Emmerson Mnanagwa saw a narrow victory.
Chamisa spoke shortly after riot police briefly broke up journalists waiting for his statement. Mnangagwa quickly condemned the police action.
Chamisa, who received over 44% of the vote, is alleging violence and harassment against his supporters and manipulation of the election results.
He says the opposition has evidence of vote-rigging but that the electoral commission “didn’t want to listen to us.”
He declares that “we won this election” and urges Mnangagwa to acknowledge that.