At least 3 killed in Zimbabwe post-election violence

At least 3 killed in Zimbabwe post-election violence

Zimbabwe state media says three have died in protests in Harare amid claims of election rigging.

Coupled with video of soldiers opening fire on unarmed demonstrators on Wednesday, the raid does serious damage to Mnangagwa's efforts to rehabilitate the image of a country synonymous with political repression and economic collapse.

Six people died after army troops opened fire on opposition protesters in Harare on Wednesday, according to police.

The Commonwealth joined other election observers in urging Zimbabwe to release results of the presidential vote as soon as possible to reduce the tensions, saying delays will increase speculation that results were manipulated.

Mr Chamisa insists he has won, and has called on his supporters to await "mass celebrations".

In Harare, the contrast could not have been starker with November, when hundreds of thousands filled the streets, hugging soldiers and celebrating their role in ousting Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known since independence in 1980.

The polls were meant to set Zimbabwe on a new path following Mr Mugabe's repressive rule. "We had to consult among ourselves whether it would be safe", said one worker who declined to give his name.

No violence was reported on Thursday.

This photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare.

Chamisa accused ZANU-PF of trying to steal the election.

Earlier, I was in the small town of Concession, an hour's drive north of the capital.

"There is no way that ZANU-PF will accept an MDC victory". Locals have elected a Zanu-PF MP again, and expect to walk away with the presidency as well.

Almost all shops in downtown Harare were shuttered and the normally bustling pavements quiet the day after the bloodshed.

Zimbabwe election violence: "People are desperate and angry". "What happened on Wednesday is wrong".

But the integrity of the result has been disrupted by Chamisa, who questioned the credibility of the outcome. "There are winners and losers in every match".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Zimbabwe's political leaders and people to exercise restraint and reject any form of violence. He said he suspected police wanted to plant evidence to incriminate officials.




"Violence can not be part of that process", it added.

"We hold the opposition MDC Alliance and its whole leadership responsible for this disturbance of national peace", he said, adding the government "went out of its way" to try to ensure the elections were peaceful.

What happened after the vote?

Only one independent candidate has won a parliamentary seat with results from 58 constituencies yet to be announced.

Mangwana's remarks come in the wake of deadly violent protests by supporters of the opposition party, the MDC Alliance, who were calling on ZEC to immediately release presidential results.

The Police's Charity Charamba says the situation in the country, especially here in the capital of Harare, remains tense.

'The opposition. are testing our resolve and I think they are making a big mistake, ' he said.

NewsDay reported the city centre that resembled a war zone, with soldiers driving in their armoured vehicles and indiscriminately firing live ammunition at anyone they found in the central business district, with several passersby caught in the crossfire. "Are civilians enemies of the state?" he asked. "We don't deserve the death we saw". Although Zanu-PF won by a landslide, it gained fewer seats than in the 2013 election. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo).

Global monitors gave their first assessments of the election, saying it was conducted in a relatively free environment and was a big improvement over past votes marred by violence and irregularities, although they noted significant problems.

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins by at least 50 per cent.

The preliminary findings were released during a media briefing held on Wednesday by worldwide observer missions who have been monitoring the climate leading up to and during the July 30 election.

What are election observers saying?

The EU did not understand why the release of the presidential result was taking so long, he said.

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

The Commonwealth said parties should use "all available conflict resolution mechanisms" to resolve differences.

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