Mnangagwa breaches Zimbabwean constitution after failing to gazette the final delimitation report within the 14 Days required by law

Politics Zimbabwean Elections 2023

By Political Correspondent

Zimbabwean Dictator Emmerson Mnangagwa has been accused of breaching the constitution after failing to gazette the final delimitation report within the 14 days required by law. The accusations stem from tweets by Professor Jonathan Moyo and Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume.

Moyo tweeted on 3rd February 2023 that the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Justice Chigumba, had submitted the final delimitation report to Mnangagwa. Chigumba stated that Mnangagwa had the mandate to gazette the report within 14 days, which would expire on 17th February 2023.

However, as per Ngarivhume’s tweet on 17th February 2023, Mnangagwa failed to meet the deadline and breached the constitution. This is not the first time that Mnangagwa has been accused of violating the country’s constitution, which has led to concerns over the erosion of the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

The delimitation report is a critical document for the forthcoming elections, and the failure to gazette it may have severe consequences for the country’s electoral processes. Zimbabwe has a history of electoral fraud, and there are fears that the delay in gazetting the report may provide an opportunity for manipulation of the electoral process.

The Zimbabwean government has not yet responded to the allegations made against Mnangagwa. However, the failure to adhere to the constitution’s provisions has drawn sharp criticism from opposition parties and civil society organizations. The incident has once again raised concerns about the state of democracy and the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

The international community has also expressed concern over the ongoing violations of the constitution and the lack of respect for human rights in Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa’s government has been accused of suppressing dissent, limiting freedom of the press, and using state institutions to target opposition figures.

The failure to gazette the delimitation report within the stipulated time is another indicator of the government’s disregard for the rule of law and raises serious questions about the legitimacy of the upcoming elections. The opposition and civil society organizations are calling for urgent action to be taken to address these concerns and protect Zimbabwe’s democracy.

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