ED blames MDC Alliance leaders for violence

  • ED blames MDC Alliance leaders for violence

ED blames MDC Alliance leaders for violence

Opposition activists and political analysts have expression concern over the possibility of the ruling Zanu PF gaining two thirds majority in parliament, insisting that MDC Alliance candidate Nelson Chamisa won the popular vote ahead of Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Parliamentary results gave victory to the ruling Zanu-PF party in the first vote since the ouster of former ruler Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech during a live broadcast at State House in Harare, November 19, 2017. They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor. "We know that people will be beaten - especially in rural areas, like what they were doing before", said Harare shop worker Tracy Kubara, 26.

However, police responded by bringing armoured trucks, including water cannons and that parked outside the MDC-T party headquarters, much to the disappointment of the protesters who challengingly started to march towards the Zec headquarters, Zanu PF headquarters and Rainbow Towers Hotel, where results were being announced.

The results of the presidential election, which is a separate contest pitting Mr Mnangagwa against Mr Chamisa, are yet to be declared, but the parliamentary results bode well for the incumbent. "So I have yet to learn why they will be released last", he added, urging the electoral commission to release the results as fast as possible and for each individual polling station. "These are cooked figures they are not the real figures", Samson Chikazhe, a member of MDC claimed.

"People must be guaranteed their right to protest", he said.

Even before the violence, European Union observers questioned the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary poll, the first since Mugabe's forced resignation after almost 40 years in charge of the Southern African nation.

This follows protests by MDC Alliance supporters over the delay of Presidential election results which resulted in the death of three people after soldiers opened fire.

Mangwana further said: "There was no rigging and the opposition will come to realise this once emotions settle down".

"The electoral commission failed to meet the mark in a number of ways and the election failed to meet the mark in a number of ways", said Johnnie Carson, a former US assistant Secretary of State for Africa, who is part of an observer mission from the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.

Scores of his supporters who had been burning tyres in the streets attacked riot police near the electoral commission headquarters.

Millions of people voted peacefully on Monday in the first election since the army removed Robert Mugabe from power a year ago.

"They are trying to protest so they can get fair results", said Elisha Pfigu, a 31-year-old street vendor who warily watched soldiers at an intersection. Chamisa tweeted Wednesday morning. "The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results". We've more votes than ED.

A presidential poll will be held on Saturday, September 8, if a candidate does not secure more than 50% of the vote, but it will probably take a couple of days before the results of the presidential poll are declared.

The MDC's spokesman, Nkululeko Sibanda called it a dark day in Zimbabwe's history.