Thursday, 2 August 2018

Zimbabwe On Edge Ahead Of Election Results After Three Opposition Protesters Killed In Clashes

Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised an independent inquiry into post election clashes in which three opposition protesters were killed.


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.

"I am calling...for an independent inquiry into what occurred in Harare yesterday. We believe in transparency and accountability, and those responsible should be identified and brought to justice," he wrote on his official Twitter channel.

"We have been in communication with Nelson Chamisa to discuss how to immediately diffuse the situation, and we must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear."

A spokesman for Mr Chamisa said he was not at liberty to confirm or deny whether such talks had taken place.
Zimbabwe On Edge Ahead Of Election Results After Three Opposition Protesters Killed In Clashes
Troops backed by armoured vehicles opened fire on Wednesday to clear the capital's streets of demonstrators who accused Mnangagwa's ruling party of trying to rig Monday's presidential election.

Many shops were closed on Thursday morning and the pavements quiet. Several streets were still strewn with rocks and the charred remains of fires. Soldiers loitered at intersections.

"Yesterday was a very sad day for Zimbabwe," said minibus driver Gift, glancing over his shoulder as a soldier smoking a cigarette looked on.

"We hope things remain quiet and we can all just forget about this election. We don't know if it was fair. The government will do what they want."
Zimbabwe On Edge Ahead Of Election Results After Three Opposition Protesters Killed In Clashes
Zimbabwe On Edge Ahead Of Election Results After Three Opposition Protesters Killed In Clashes




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