European Union calls for calm and restraint in both victory and defeat


The European Union and heads of mission of EU member states in Harare have called on Zimbabweans to respect the country’s constitution and the rule of law and urged all stakeholders to call for calm and restraint in both victory and defeat.

In a statement following the dismissal of opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s challenge of the 30 July elections, the EU said all cases of human rights violations and post-electoral retribution must be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

“The fundamental rights of all citizens need to be respected and the physical integrity and safety of the victims and witnesses protected,” the EU said.

“The electoral process revealed improvements as well as challenges. A truly inclusive approach is the key to designing and implementing reforms that stand the test of time.

“It is important that the new government engages all stakeholders in substantive discussions on the necessary reforms, including on further electoral reforms.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa who was declared the winner told Chamisa that his door is open.

Although the MDC has welcomed the court verdict, it said “we shall also doggedly pursue all constitutionally permissible avenues to ensure that the sovereign will of the people is protected and guaranteed”.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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