At least 3 killed in Zimbabwe post-election violence

02 August, 2018, 21:18 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Zimbwabwe polling agencies at Zengeza 3 High School in Zengeza outside Harare making ballot boxes available

Zimbabwe's police say they have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings after security forces swept into the capital to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters angry over Monday's election results.

The opposition has raised fears about possible vote-rigging of the kind that marked past elections under former leader Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa's government has accused Chamisa and his supporters of inciting violence by declaring he had won.

The Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it will start announcing presidential results from 10 pm on Thursday.

They also questioned delays in releasing the results of the presidential contest in Zimbabwe's first election since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign following a de facto coup in November after almost 40 years in power.

Tensions are rising in the former British colony as opposition fears grow that the election count is being rigged.

Amnesty International called on the government to launch a prompt investigation into the army's actions.

Meantime, global leaders urged for calm. He could not give any figures because he would be breaking the law, he said.

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"I am calling.for an independent inquiry into what occurred in Harare yesterday".

The two elections observer missions, however, noted that there were complaints that had been logged by opposition parties particularly with regards to the constitution of the ZEC executive, the delay in circulating the voters roll, the layout of the ballot paper as well as alleged abuse of female candidates.

Masocha also said social media exaggerated Chamisa's popularity. We are not about to be a meal for lions.

MDC Alliance's Tendai Biti said there was a clear attempt by Zanu-PF to interfere "with the people's will" and warned the party not to "plunge Zimbabwe into chaos".

Opposition supporters took to the streets to demonstrate and three were shot dead by soldiers amid clashes, with three others later succumbing to their injuries, according to police.

Reuters reports the military's swift response reinforced suspicions that the generals who helped oust Mugabe remain the country's de facto rulers.

Earlier, violence erupted in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

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"What can we do.They run this country". He said he suspected police wanted to plant evidence to incriminate officials. "The police are there to do their job", police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said.

Downtown Harare, where protesters were killed, was quiet in the morning.

Mnangagwa's spokesman, George Charamba, insisted that Thursday was a normal working day. "In Nkayi South, for example the seat has always been held by the opposition because Bhebhe has always had overwhelming support despite the fact that the opposition was fragmented, but this time the seat went to Zanu PF", Ndlovu said.

Mnangagwa insisted the violence was meant to disrupt the election and blamed the MDC leadership.

"As we speak, it has been discovered that ZEC did not post V11 forms at 21% of the polling stations, and we are gravely concerned by their failure to do so", he said.

It has pitted his successor Mnangagwa - a one-time Mugabe ally - against Chamisa, a 40 year-old lawyer and pastor.

Zimbabwe was once one of Africa's most promising economies but under Mugabe's rule became tainted by corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation.

Even before the violence, European Union observers questioned the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary poll, Zimbabwe's first since Mugabe was forced to resign. China said however it believed the election had generally been orderly.

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He said that those responsible should be identified and brought to justice and urged political leaders to advocate for peace "as this day that ended in tragedy comes to a close".

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