Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Says in Communication With Chamisa

Hugh Fox
August 2, 2018

Masocha said the MDC Alliance supporters presumed victory for their leader based on false impression that Chamisa had countrywide support, when in reality, it was confined to the capital Harare, where it swept out the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said the three people killed were yet to be identified.

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, center, arrives to cast his vote amid singing crowds at a polling station in Harare during Zimbabwe's general elections on July 30, 2018.

Despite promises by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission that they would soon state when exactly they would release the results of the presidential election, opposition supporters have said they would continue to protest.

Elmar Brok, head of the European Union observer mission, said there were "many shortcomings" in the election, but it was unclear whether they influenced the results.

MDC leader Chamisa has said outright that his own count shows he won the election, drawing government accusations of inciting violence.

MDC Alliance supporters demonstrate outside the Zanu-PF headquarters.

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The first elections since long-time President Robert Mugabe was ousted previous year have turned out to be controversial, with the main opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa questioning the impartiality of the results.

In the capital Harare many people went about their usual daily grind, including queuing up for scarce cash outside banks.

Zimbabwe's main opposition has said Mr Chamisa won the presidential election, sparking street celebrations by supporters on Tuesday.

It said that by using live ammunition against unarmed protesters, "the army has broken the very same rule of law that they should protect".

On August 1 the election commission announces that ZANU-PF has won most of the seats in parliament.

Soldiers fired on demonstrators during MDC protests in downtown Harare, AFP witnesses saw, with one man killed after being shot in the stomach.

Official results have not yet been announced.

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"I will stay here until Chamisa is president", said Amandishe Muzhinji, who traveled back from Swaziland where he works as a migrant laborer to vote in Monday's election.

Watching the results trickling in from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in the early hours, it became apparent that the ruling Zanu-PF would have a majority in parliament.

"We are exhausted of them stealing our votes".

Tendai Biti, the senior official of MDC's seven-party coalition who was reported to be wanted by Zimbabwean police on Thursday morning has been let off the hook for now, SABC has reported.

"We have won the popular vote".

Mnangagwa had promised a free and fair vote after the military ushered him to power when Mugabe was forced to resign. The electoral commission says the vote was credible.

"The more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process", said former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the lead observer of a U.S. monitoring mission.

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If no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent of the ballots cast in the first round, a run-off vote is scheduled for September 8.

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