Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result

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The tightly-contested Zim elections may have been declared over, with the result announced a week ago already, but the battle is far from over as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance is set to take the matter to court with South Africa’s Advocate Dali Mpofu right at the forefront of the challenge.

In the country’s first elections since Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule came to an end, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) confirmed last week that the ruling Zanu-PF had picked up 50.8% of the votes that were cast, declaring Emmerson Mnangagwa the country’s newly-elected president.

Chamisa cries foul over election result

However, the polls were not without controversy and were marred by violent scenes as MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa publicly rejected the outcome, criticising what he said was lack of transparency from the ZEC.

Watch: Zim elections: Journalists forced out of MDC Alliance’s media briefing

Dali Mpofu to lead Chamisa’s challenge

Earlier this week, Chamisa had vowed that he would contest the outcome and had until Friday to launch his challenge.

According to the SABC, Dali Mpofu confirmed that he would lead the MDC leader’s legal team, which includes another renowned South African Advocate, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

When will Emmerson Mnangwagwa be inaugurated?

Despite the contentious election result, the state-owned Herald newspaper has reported that President-elect Emmerson Mnangwagwa will be inaugurated on Sunday, 12 August. This was according to Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi.

However, the announcement by Ziyambi was made on Thursday, before Chamisa had officially challenged the result.

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