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Zimbabwe Begins New Chapter Without Robert Mugabe

President Paul Kagame the Chairman of the African Union was seen sharing a light moment with Zimbabwe’s newly elected President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his inauguration.

This is the first time the southern Africa nation has witnessed a peaceful transfer of power and inauguration of a leader not the person of Robert Mugabe who ruled Zimbabwe since 1980.

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn-in to begin his five-year term as the country’s Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF).

Mnangagwa won the polls with 50.67% of the total votes cast while Chamisa got 44.3%.

However, a dissatisfied Chamisa challenged the poll outcome at the Constitutional court alleging several irregularities and rigging by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in favour of Mnangagwa.

Chamisa raised a host of allegations, including alleged vote-buying, ghost polling stations, denial of 40 000 teachers the right to vote, skewed media coverage by the public media and inflation of figures among others.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba — sitting with eight other Constitutional court judges — found no fault with the conduct of the 2018 harmonised elections.

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