The Elders Challenge Mnangagwa, Chamisa To Honour Kofi Annan’s Legacy Ahead Of Con Court Verdict


The Elders have challenged President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to honour the late Kofi Annan’s legacy by ensuring that no further violence takes place in the country. The statement was released on the eve of the Constitutional Court’s verdict into the election petition by Chamisa who is challenging the results of the presidential election.

In a statement The Elders said,

The Elders today urged Zimbabweans at every level in society to uphold the democratic rights to justice and peaceful protest, and refrain from words or actions that could incite violence, drawing on the counsel of their late Chair, Kofi Annan (1938-2018).

Ahead of the ruling by Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on the petition filed by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance regarding the 30 July election result, The Elders called on political leaders to act responsibly to avert further bloodshed.

They recalled the words of Kofi Annan, who visited the country in July with his fellow Elders Mary Robinson and Lakhdar Brahimi, with the support of the Kofi Annan Foundation, that “nothing other than the democratic will of the people should be allowed to determine the future of Zimbabwe.”

Meaningful democracy is not only about free and fair elections, but also accountability for those in positions of authority, freedom of expression and assembly, respect for human and civil rights, and a clear separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary.

…The best way for both leaders to honour his legacy and the aspiration of the people of Zimbabwe for a brighter future for all, is to abjure violence, intimidation and incitement, and instead promote dialogue and magnanimity as a path to inclusive national reconciliation, cohesion and development.

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2 comments on “The Elders Challenge Mnangagwa, Chamisa To Honour Kofi Annan’s Legacy Ahead Of Con Court Verdict

  1. when Smith was in power, the reason why our people took up arms is negotiations failed. Today instead of arms, there are democratic ways to show our displasure at any arrived position by those in authority. Peaceful demonstration is one of them. Now when we peacefully demonstrate and the state unleashes security apparatus on us, who has stated the violence? Even if injustice is done by “justices”, (of cause noone is just but God), as a people we have the right to show legally our displeasure. we may have no higher court of appeal in the country but our voices together must not be muzzled to the international community and above all to God.

  2. I think as Zimbabweans we are all brothers and sister saka we just need to unity for one purpose that is to build Zimbabwe. lets just respect the justice system even if the outcome is against our wishes we need to move on as a nation kwete kurwisana pasina chaunokwanisa kusandura

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