INAUGURATION STALLED AS OPPOSITION LEADER FILES COURT PAPERS

ZIMBABWE: PRESIDENCY/SABANEWS /8/8/18 SABANews 1

HARARE – The leader of the opposition MDC ALLIANCE in ZIMBABWE has reportedly filed his papers with the Constitutional Court where he is challenging the 2018 Presidential Poll result.

MDC Alliance Leader Nelson Chamisa (Pic. News Day)

NELSON CHAMISA alleges he won the ballot, but accuses the Electoral Commission of stealing his victory for President-elect EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.

The privately owned NEWS DAY quotes what it calls MDC ALLIANCE senior officials as saying Advocate THABANI MPOFU is leading a team of lawyers who will work on the case.

The ruling ZANU PF Party says it has a team of 12 legal experts to defend the victory of its leader in the Presidential ballot of 30 JULY.

The State-run HERALD newspaper quotes ruling Party Finance Secretary PATRICK CHINAMASA as saying the litigation is uncalled-for.

Ongoing developments have brought anxiety among ZIMBABWEANS who have been looking forward to the inauguration of President-elect EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa (Pic. The Herald)

The challenge against his victory in the 2018 vote means cannot take oath basing on the last THURSDAY declaration by Electoral Commission Chairperson PRISCILLA CHIGUMBA.

While the Constitution says aggrieved candidates can challenge the validity of an election of a President in the Constitutional Court within SEVEN days, it does not leave the State House unoccupied.

It says an elected President assumes office when he or she takes oath before the Chief Justice on the NINTH day after they are declared to be elected.

However, in the event of a challenge against their election, they will do so within 48 hours after the Constitutional Court has declared them to be the winners.

Meanwhile, the incumbent Head of State, in this case President MNANGAGWA, continues in office until the assumption of office by the President-elect, whoever between the TWO wins the case in the following FORTNIGHT.

In another development, HARARE Magistrate NYASHA VHITORINI has granted a 50-US-dollar bail to each of the 27 MDC ALLIANCE activists arrested for violent protests of last week.

The accused are allegedly members of the group that caused chaos in the capital, condemning the Electoral Commission for what they called delays in announcing presidential election results.

ZIMBABWE voted peacefully on 30 JULY, and the world community has described the campaign period prior to the polls as free and fair; but the post-voting violence and the ongoing presidential results challenge threaten to change things./Sabanews/cam

OPPOSITION LEADER ARRESTED WHILE TRYING TO FLEE

ZIMBABWE: POLITICS/SABANEWS/8/8/18 SABANews 1

HARARE – Police in ZIMBABWE have reportedly arrested the leader of the opposition PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY early today, trying to flee the country into ZAMBIA.

Tendai Biti caught at border (Pic. Agencies)

TENDAI BITI’s lawyer claims he has been attempting to seek asylum in the neighbouring SADC nation, which he says has an international duty to accommodate him in such capacity.

NQOBIZITHA MLILIO has told the media the arrest of Mr BITI, whose group is part of the opposition MDC ALLIANCE of NELSON CHAMISA, occurred at the northern border post of CHIRUNDU.

The ZIMBABWE Republic Police have issued no confirmation of the alleged detention of the 52-year-old opposition leader, as of now.

Nonetheless, the development comes exactly ONE week after violent protests allegedly led by Mr BITI and a number of other senior members of the MDC ALLIANCE last WEDNESDAY.

At least SIX people were killed in the streets of the capital, HARARE, after soldiers reinforcing overwhelmed police details opened fire, plunging the city into panic and fear.

Police Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner CHARITY CHARAMBA issued a statement calling on Mr BITI and MDC Youth Leader HAPPYMORE CHIDZIVA to hand themselves over for questioning.

However, Mr BITI reportedly addressed the media a day after saying the police had told his lawyers the law-enforcement agents no longer wanted him; giving the impression that he was off the hook.

Meanwhile, the authorities seem to view the unfolding events as linking neatly with the 2018 election campaigns – when the youthful opposition leaders warned of violence if they lost the ballots.

MDC ALLIANCE Leader NELSON CHAMISA is on record saying he will not accept any results unless they are in his favour, threatening to shut down HARARE City if he did not win.

The Electoral Commission was still in the middle of announcing the National Assembly ballot results when the opposition supporters stormed the Central Business District, peacefully initially – after which they started burning and looting as they warmed up.

Mr CHAMISA later addressed a press conference saying the protestors were not members of his group, even if they chanted his name, but the MDC ALLIANCE lawyer is representing their arrested colleagues in court.

While the authorities in ZIMBABWE still have to announce what charges Mr BITI is facing, his legal representatives have already declared him innocent./Sabanews/cam

HEAVILY INDEBTED TEACHER KILLS HIMSELF

SWAZILAND: SUICIDE/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/7/8/19 SABANews 1

LUQOLWENI – A newly hired contract teacher who went for THREE months without pay has killed himself at a school in Central SWAZILAND.

Pensive King Mswati the Third after death of wife (Pic.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND names him as 33-year-old MXOLISI NDLANGAMANDLA of KA-MKHWELI Primary School, which is outside SIPHOFANENI Town in LUBOMBO Region.

It says he allegedly took his own life by drinking the deadly grain weevil tablet, apparently after failing to cope as he found himself drowning in debt.

The late NDLANGAMANDLA, a graduate from LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology, died a few days after his FIRST salary, which may have not been enough to cover his borrowings.

He passed away on a SUNDAY at the homestead of the deceased at LUQOLWENI, an area about 31 kilometres east of HLATIKHULU in the SHISELWENI Region.

ONE of his sisters found him slouched in his bed, and when family members entered the room – they smelled the deadly grain weevil tablet. They reported the case to the police.

Relatives say the late NDLANGAMANDLA had paid them a visit from his workplace over the weekend, and they had expected to return to the school on the SUNDAY he died.

The sister who raised the alarm had asked him for some money to buy a laptop, and she had gone to his house – in the same family homestead – to check if he was able to help her.

The TIMES says she had become curious after her late brother did not respond to her repeated knocks on the locked door.

It says the young woman then peeped through the window and found NDLANGAMANDLA still in bed, but sleeping in an unusual position.

ONE witness says she immediately alerted other family members, who forced entry into the house.

The relatives say they suspect the man took his own life due to huge debts acquired in the THREE months he had to wait, as a new teacher, without pay.

They say he was finding it difficult to raise enough money to settle his debts, because the pay he eventually received last month was just not enough.

NDLANGAMANDLA’s shocked father has expressed confusion about what pushed his son over the edge, saying he personally searched the house hoping to find a suicide note; but there was nothing.

He says all the family has to do is to speculate on the reasons that could have driven his son to such extremes.

The SWAZI old man says the suicide has left them so confused as a family, because his son had seemed to be so in charge of his life.

The death of the teacher comes amid media reports saying the EIGHTH wife of King MSWATI THE THIRD also committed suicide early this year.

The late wife of the King of SWAZILAND, SENTENI MASANGO (37), allegedly took an overdose of about 40 capsules mostly used to treat depression./Sabanews/cam

ELECTORAL BODY HAPPY WITH POLITICAL PARTIES ATTITUDE

MALAWI: REGISTRATION/MBC/7/8/18 SABANews 1

LILONGWE – The MALAWI Electoral Commission has commended political parties for their positive attitude towards the ongoing voter registration exercise in the SADC country.

Registration centre for 2019 Elections (Pic. Apanews)

Commission Public Relations Officer SANGWANI MWAFULIRWA says all the involved groups are sensitizing citizens and encouraging them to register for the forthcoming ballots.

MBC News says the authorities have now launched the THIRD Phase of the exercise, starting from 30 JULY and until 12 AUGUST, covering the capital, LILONGWE and LILONGWE Rural.

It says the FIRST and SECOND Phases faced some challenges from malfunctioning of voter registration equipment, as well as poor turn out; but things began to improve towards the THIRD leg.

The Commission had planned to register some ONE-MILLION-48-THOUSAND-AND-80 people in Phase TWO but managed 83 percent of the total.

Public Relations Officer MWAFULIRWA says the exercise managed to register the 875-THOUSAND-138 persons in DOWA, NKHOTAKOTA, MCHINJI and NTCHISI towns.

He has appealed to MALAWIANS to come out in their numbers now that the registration process has picked momentum.

The Electoral official says they have adopted a new computerized system that ensures eligible voters do not spend hours on queues as it used to be in previous elections.

Records show MALAWI holds elections to choose a Head of State or the President, and 193 members of the National Assembly for FIVE years in single-seat constituencies.

The Presidential candidate shares ONE ballot paper with the Vice Presidential aspirant, and they both serve for FIVE years just like the legislators.

Current MALAWIAN media reports say the 2019 ballots aim to select councillors, members of Parliament, and a President, but they leave out the selection of a Vice President.

President PETER MUTHARIKA will represent his ruling DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY, despite mounting allegations of corruption and calls for him to resign.

President Mutharika (Pic. Face of Malawi)

The last week of this APRIL saw thousands of citizens joining peaceful protests organised in SIX municipalities by civil action groups, calling for him to resign.

President MUTHARIKA faces former President JOYCE BANDA, leader of the opposition PEOPLE’S PARTY who returned home in APRIL after FOUR years of self-imposed exile.

The 68-year-old former Head of State reportedly came back while facing the threat of arrest over scandal accusations of 2013, which contributed to her defeat in polls ONE year later.

Her rival MUTHARIKA (78) is a politician, educator, and lawyer, who has been President since 31 MAY 2014, after having worked worldwide in the field of international justice.

Nevertheless, both politicians will have to contend with the main opposition MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY, the FIRST group to rule the SADC country after independence under the late former dictator HASTINGS KAMUZU BANDA./Sabanews/cam