With the Constitutional Court set to start hearing the presidential election results challenge on Wednesday, there are revelations that only 50 people including legal representatives of the 23 presidential aspirants in the July 30 harmonised polls will be accommodated in the court.
MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa is challenging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s declaration of the incumbent, President Emmerson Mnangagwa as winner of the July 30 election, and the hearing of the case on Wednesday is one of the most important and most talked about political cases in the country’s history.
Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Acting Secretary, Mr Walter Chikwanha said due to limitations of space in the Constitutional Court only 50 people will be accommodated inside.
He however said a marquee will be erected outside the court to cater for members of the diplomatic corp and other stakeholders.
Mr Chikwanha added that provisions have also been made for local and international journalists wishing to cover the Constitutional Court proceedings.
The JSC Acting Secretary also put to rest ‘mischievous statements’ that circulated on social media platforms purporting that there was an assassination attempt on one of the judges who sit on the Constitutional Court bench, Justice Bharat Patel.
As the clock ticks towards the d-day, members of the public and interested parties have been urged to remain calm and allow the Constitutional Court to conduct the due processes without any obstructions.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has implored Zimbabweans to allow the due processes by the Constitutional Court to take place with no interference.
Those bent on instigating violence have been warned that the law will be applied without fear or favour.
ZRP National Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they are concerned with messages that are circulating on social media platforms which are meant to cause despondency.
“The police is fully prepared for the day and will deploy enough manpower to ensure that members of the public will be able to conduct their business in the CBD in a peaceful environment,” she said.
Members of the public are also being warned not to mill around aimlessly within the vicinity of the Constitutional Court.
Roads which are close to the Constitutional Court will also be closed for security reasons, said Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba.
Some of the roads that are going to be security barricaded include Sam Nujoma to Selous Avenue, Samora Machel Avenue from Sam Nujoma to Simon Muzenda as well as Nelson Mandela Avenue.