Zanu-PF signals a Mnangagwa win

02 August, 2018, 23:09 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Robert Mugabe's old party wins Zimbabwe election without him

The candidate for Zimbabwe's main opposition party accused the ruling ZANU-PF of trying to steal a presidential and parliamentary election on Wednesday after official figures gave President Emmerson Mnangagwa's party a majority in parliament. We are civilians. We are fighting for our rights.

The government warned of a further crackdown on demonstrations after at least three protesters were shot dead yesterday when the army fired live rounds at crowds. MDC leader Chamisa has said outright that his own count shows he won the election, drawing government accusations of inciting violence.

"Forget that you have numbers, but that does not translate into winning the whole country", said Masocha, adding that "people are influenced by social media that they don't feel they need authentic information from a body like ZEC".

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, 40, has said the results were fraudulent.

Although the campaign has been free of the systematic violence that marred previous polls, the MDC has repeatedly claimed it has been hindered by a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation and handouts to voters from the ruling party.

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. And I think this is one of those things that we are experiencing".

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A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observers said the elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with the law.

Observers from the Commonwealth on Thursday condemned the Zimbabwean army's deadly use of force to break up protests in Harare by opposition supporters claiming a presidential election had been rigged by the ruling party.

There is a heavy police presence around the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party a day after the military swept into the city to disperse its supporters from protesting. "They may be the ones that can pressure for some kind of accountability and what really happened here", Cooke said. China said however it believed the election had generally been orderly. We are back to being looked at by the global community as a pariah state. "How does that move us forward", asked Moyo? "We thought they were our savior in November but they fooled us", said newspaper vendor Farai Dzengera, saying that the brief dream of an end to decades of repression was over.

His Excellency Minister Augusto said that as part of its observation process, the SEOM engaged a wide range of stakeholders including state and non-state actors such as the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Political Parties, Council of Chiefs, media, representatives of regional and global organizations, academia, faith-based organizations; and civil society as well as persons with disabilities, women and youth.

Opposition supporters clashed with police on Wednesday following the announcement by Zimbabwe's electoral commission that presidential election results would not be ready until Thursday.

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa also complained that his party struggled to get hold of a copy of the roll to check for evidence of fraud despite repeated requests, when ZANU-PF already had one.

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