Renamo’s appeal to have election result annulled dismissed – Mozambique’s top court

epa07921777 A women casts her vote at a polling station in Maputo, Mozambique, 15 October 2019. 12.9 million Mozambican voters will choose the President of the Republic, ten provincial assemblies and their governors, as well as 250 members of the Assembly of the Republic. EPA-EFE/ANTONIO SILVA

MAPUTO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Mozambique's top court has dismissed opposition party Renamo's application to have the results of its recent general election dismissed - a scenario Renamo has said could result in violence in the country just months after an historic peace deal.

A written judgement posted on the Constitutional Council’s website and dated Nov. 11 said the council had dismissed the appeal to have the victory of President Filipe Nyusi and his party Frelimo in the Oct. 15 election annulled.

“The applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to support its claim,” the judgement said.

It was hoped the presidential, legislative and provincial poll would set the seal on a peace pact signed between Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade in August that put an end to four decades of hostility between the two parties.

Instead it has stoked tensions as opposition parties said the vote was hit by major fraud. Momade has said the country risked sliding back into violence if the election results were validated.

“If one wants to save Mozambique, the election must be annulled,” he said, according to broadcaster STV on Wednesday, adding that Renamo had respected the peace accord so far.

“We will not accept that a small group of people alter the will of the Mozambican people.”

The run-up to the election was marred by violence including from a breakaway group of former Renamo fighters, which staged attacks in the country’s central regions.

A number of attacks have also taken place since the poll, with analysts fearing the outcome could worsen violence.

Reporting by Manuel Mucari; Editing by Emma Rumney; Editing by Jon Boyle


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

A South African Hero: You

There’s a 99.7% chance that this isn’t for you. Only 0.3% of our readers have responded to this call for action.

Those 0.3% of our readers are our hidden heroes, who are fuelling our work and impacting the lives of every South African in doing so. They’re the people who contribute to keep Daily Maverick free for all, including you.

The equation is quite simple: the more members we have, the more reporting and investigations we can do, and the greater the impact on the country.

Be part of that 0.3%. Be a Maverick. Be a Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

MavericKids vol 3

How can a child learn to read if they don't have a book?

81% of South African children aged 10 can't read for meaning. You can help by pre-ordering a copy of MavericKids.

For every copy sold we will donate a copy to Gift of The Givers for children in need of reading support.