Soldiers patrol Zimbabwe capital after election violence

Soldiers patrol Zimbabwe capital after election violence

Soldiers patrol Zimbabwe capital after election violence

Mnangagwa blamed the violence on the opposition Movement for Democratic Alliance, led by Nelson Chamisa, his main rival in a presidential election the results of which have not yet been announced.

Meanwhile opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa is still adamant that he won.

Three people were killed in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after troops opened fire on rioting opposition supporters, police say. MDC officials also questioned possible discrepancies in the vote count from small, rural constituencies that they say are posting numbers higher than their voting population.

The vote on Monday was meant to mark a new chapter after the end of the Mugabe era.

Spokesperson Paul Mangwana also tells reporters that opposition supporters were responsible for Wednesday's deadly violence in the capital in which the military swept in with gunfire to disperse protests over alleged rigging in Monday's vote.

As they danced to music blasting from speakers set up on a truck, police with water cannon circulated in the area.

Mr Mnangagwa, whose ruling Zanu PF party yesterday claimed a large majority in disputed parliamentary elections, said he had been in contact with the leader of the opposition MDC Alliance in a bid to defuse tensions.

Soldiers brandishing assault rifles and police shouted at pedestrians and traders to leave central Harare, AFP journalists witnessed.

"The opposition. have perhaps interpreted our understanding to be weak, and I think they are testing our resolve and I think they are making a big mistake", he said. In instances where voters were turned back, it was either due to them being in the wrong polling station or because they did not have any form of identification in their possession.

The observers had been invited by the ZANU-PF's leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa as part of his "guarantee" of a "free, fair and transparent election" and their verdict on the poll was mixed.

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His bombshell claim came on Tuesday just hours before the first official results showing Zanu-PF had won a thumping majority in the Zimbabwe election emerged.

The MDC opposition party condemned the army for opening fire on protesters "for no apparent reason".

'It's disappointing - the government's reaction only made things worse.

"Let me be brutally honest with you", Sibanda told journalists.

"Zimbabwe's 2018 elections were conducted under an improved legal framework consisting of the 2013 constitution, The Electoral Act, other acts and legislation, rules and regulations promulgated by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)", said Boshe.

The European Union said the elections were competitive and freedoms were respected, but that there was a lack of a "truly level playing field".

In his presentation, His Excellency Minister Augusto noted that there has been a remarkable improvement in the exercise and protection of civil and political rights in Zimbabwe compared to the 2008 Presidential elections.

He has repeatedly accused ZANU-PF and election authorities of trying to use a flawed electoral register and fixed ballot papers to steal the election.

Mnangagwa, Mugabe's former right-hand man, was the clear election front-runner, benefiting from tacit military support and control of state resources.

But Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor, sought to tap into the youth and urban vote.

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