Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF tells supporters to 'ignore' MDC's court challenge – report

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has urged its supporters to ignore an ongoing election results court challenge by the country's main opposition the Movement for Democratic (MDC) Alliance.

The MDC party on Friday lodged a Constitutional Court appeal against the election result, forcing president elect Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration, which had been due on Sunday, to be postponed, Associated Press reported.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had declared that Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF party won the election, with the president receiving 50.8% of the vote.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Zanu-PF national commissar Engelbert Rugeje told the ruling party supporters over the weekend that the ongoing court petition did not affect other national programmes.

He urged party loyalists to attend both the National Heroes Day and National Defence Forces Day celebration on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

He said the celebration were set to take place in all of the country’s 10 provinces.

A report by AFP on Monday quoted Mnangagwa as urging the country to "move on from its disputed election".

"It's now time to put the election period behind us and embrace the future," the president-elect said. "The task facing us today is a great one," he added.

"We should never be deterred by temporary setbacks and regrettable events we have encountered."

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