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Zimbabwe’s moment of truth

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FILE PIC: Mnangagwa and Chamisa are keeping their fingers crossed ahead of the court ruling

Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court is sitting today to hear the case of disputed election results where Zanu PF’s leader, Emmerson Mngangagwa, was declared the winner after the July 30 polls.

Opposition, Movement for Democratic Change- Alliance took the matter to court, seeking a redress of what they believe was electoral fraud.

The party maintains that its leader, Nelson Chamisa, won the presidential election with a landslide victory and dispute results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission where the former got 44 percent of the total vote compared to Mnangangwa’s 50.8 percent.

Chamisa is represented by at least nine lawyers who include advocates, some of who were roped in from South Africa.

The nine Constitutional Court judges who are hearing the case are set to make their ruling in the next couple of days.

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  1. ” Around the world, conflict is forcing record numbers of people from their homes, with over 65 million people now displaced. Children are recruited by armed groups and used to fight. Women are abused and humiliated. As humanitarian workers deliver aid and medical workers provide for those in need, they are all too often targeted or treated as threats.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

    World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.
    2018 WHD campaign: #NotATarget

    This World Humanitarian Day we continue to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict every day. People in cities and towns struggle to find food, water, and safe shelter, while fighting drives millions from their homes. Children are recruited and used to fight, and their schools are destroyed. Women are abused and humiliated. As humanitarian workers deliver aid, and medical workers treat the wounded and sick, they are directly targeted, treated as threats, and prevented from bringing relief and care to those in desperate need.

    The humanitarian concerns described here can’t possibly capture the lives of all those affected by conflict around the world. From people with disabilities, to the elderly, migrants, and journalists, all civilians caught in conflict need to be protected.

    Join the #NotATarget movement and demand world leaders to do everything in their power to protect all civilians in conflict.” Doub very much SADC observes this day because of their disregard for refugees and may others


  2. MISA Unhappy With Constitutional Court Ruling
    August 22, 2018
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    By Paul Nyathi|The Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe, MISA, has reacted to the Constitutional Court judgement passed against it on Tuesday claiming that the judgement was not well thought out.

    Chief Justice Malaba on Monday dismissed MISA Zimbabwe’s urgent chamber application after hearing it in his chambers. In the application filed at the Constitutional Court on 18 August 2018, MISA sought permission to live stream the election challenge hearing scheduled for 22 August 2018.

    Presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), and the Judicial Service Commission opposed the application. All three parties argued that ZBC is capable of providing adequate live broadcasting services needed to cover tomorrow’s court case.

    The court held that in its papers MISA failed to establish a case that justifies the use of livestreaming services in addition to the traditional broadcasting services offered by the ZBC. The court further held that parties interested in broadcasting or streaming tomorrow’s proceedings must engage ZBC and acquire ZBC feed at rates determined by the broadcaster.

    ZBC is reportedly selling access to its live feed for prices ranging from $4,025.00 to $13,070.00. Those are the charges for access to a live social media stream for the duration of the court hearing and for television access for the duration of the court hearing respectively.

    In a statement, MISA discredited the judgement.

    “MISA Zimbabwe respectfully disagrees with the court’s ruling for three reasons;
    Firstly, this afternoon’s decision undermines efforts to establish media plurality in Zimbabwe by breaking ZBC’s monopoly in the Zimbabwean broadcasting landscape.

    Secondly, only a few local media houses with an interest in broadcasting tomorrow’s hearing will be able to afford ZBC’s exorbitant access fees.

    Lastly, it is an established fact that social media now has a wider reach in Zimbabwe than traditional broadcasting methods,” the media monitoring group said. “