Mnangagwa today won the election challenge filed against him by Chamisa at the Constitutional Court which upheld the victory announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on 3 August.
“After the wholly unnecessary violent protests, we welcomed the legal route which the MDC eventually took to challenge the elections,” Mnangagwa said after the court verdict.
“We have independent courts and we promised to respect their decision. Just as with the insights received from the international monitors, we will accept and implement all recommendations to further improve our democratic process.
“We were not surprised by the court’s decision. The election results were firmly in line with all the pre-election polling, and were entirely consistent with the final tally of ZESN, the largest body of independent observers.
“I once again reiterate my call for peace and unity above all. Nelson Chamisa, my door is open and my arms are outstretched, we are one nation, and we must put our nation first. Let us all now put our differences behind us. It is time to move forward together.”
Mnangagwa has not announced when he will be sworn in but that has to be by Sunday.