Zimbabwe: from Mugabe's ouster to a bloody election

02 August, 2018, 21:19 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Zimbabwe's ruling party wins majority seats in parliament: Poll body

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) that the three people killed in the clashes had yet to be identified.

The commission postponed announcing results of Monday's tightly fought presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Zanu-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa called for calm in the wake of the protests and said he had reached out to Chamisa so the two could work together.

Down the hall observers from half-a-dozen foreign monitoring teams gave their verdict on Zimbabwe's national election.

On June 23 a bomb explodes as Mnangagwa leaves the podium at a ZANU-PF campaign rally in the opposition stronghold city of Bulawayo.

Both the opposition and Western election observers have questioned why the presidential results, which were the first counted, are the last to be shared publicly.

"The amount of time that he had from November previous year to now has not been enough for him to convince people, even more people in areas like Bulawayo and Harare, but when you look at the margins in which the MDC Alliance won in Harare and Bulawayo in Bulawayo, those margins have shrunk, a sign of Zanu PF's growth as a bit of confidence to ED's economic template of Zimbabwe is open for business", Moyo said.

Thousands of supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change chanted anti-government slogans in Harare and faced off against a heavy police presence, fearing that their candidate, Nelson Chamisa, would have the election stolen from him.

"We can't say we feel safe because we might come across the same situation as yesterday".

The opposition leader's spokesman Nkululeko Sibanda said the army's reaction in quelling disturbances in the capital was disproportionate and unjustified.

Protesters surrounded vehicles belonging to the observer missions as they passed through downtown Harare.

Zanu PF has won a big chunk of parliamentary seats in the results announced so far.

The next day, as vote counting is under way, Chamisa says that he is "winning resoundingly".

He said: "We have seen how we have won in those areas including rural areas, we were leading, and now they want to hide on the Zanu PF usual manipulation that they control rural areas".

The EU's Chief Observer, Elmar Brok, said he did not yet know if the shortcomings would have a material effect on the outcome of the vote, and he criticised the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for being at times "one-sided". At one point, the relatives blocked hospital staff from wheeling the body to the mortuary and demanded a police explanation; a plainclothes officer said they could return Thursday to pick up the body after a police investigation.

Voters in Zimbabwe traditionally pick a presidential candidate based on their party affiliation and the trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced this week.

Incumbent leader Mr Mnangagwa, 75, had promised a free and fair vote after a military coup overthrew his former boss, Mr Mugabe, ushering him into power past year. "We won the popular vote (and) will defend it", Chamisa wrote on Twitter.

"Deployment of troops reveals the uncomfortable truth that, eight months after Mugabe was ousted, the army remains the pre-eminent political force", said Piers Pigou, a Zimbabwe expert at the International Crisis Group think-tank.

What will happen in the presidential vote?



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