Zimbabwe govt warns opposition; US, UK bemoan post-poll violence
02 August, 2018, 15:37 | Author: Jason Torres
On Wednesday, not long after Zimbabwe's electoral commission announced that the ruling party was on course for a landslide win in parliamentary elections, opposition protesters marched to the commission's headquarters in the capital, Harare.
HARARE, Zimbabwe-The party of former President Robert Mugabe took the majority of seats in Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections, officials said, but European and US observers expressed reservations about the vote and tensions on the streets of the capital mounted.
The MDC did not immediately respond to the parliamentary figures but its presidential contender Nelson Chamisa, 40, said the presidential results were being faked.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged Zimbabwe's politicians to exercise restraint, while United Kingdom foreign office minister Harriett Baldwin said she was "deeply concerned" by the violence.
Both the European Union and USA missions urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible.
Main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is standing by his claim of a victory in the polls, despite the numbers showing ZANU-PF leading the votes.
"They've rigged these elections".
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was not reachable for comment.
The country's landmark election - the first since veteran autocrat Robert Mugabe was ousted previous year - turned bloody Wednesday when troops opened fire on demonstrations against alleged electoral fraud, leaving three people dead.
Mugabe had ruled the country since gaining independence from Britain in 1980.
He also urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to speed up the announcement of the results of the presidential vote. "We thought they were our savior in November but they fooled us", said newspaper vendor Farai Dzengera, admitting that the brief dream of an end to decades of repression was over.
A Reuters witness saw soldiers with sticks beat two people and counted at least five trucks full of soldiers.
Mr Chamisa has won most urban centres.
Last night Biti urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to release the election results, claiming the delay was evidence Zanu-PF was trying to rig the poll.
But it said partial presidential results could be announced later Wednesday. We've more votes than ED [Emmerson Dambudzo].
Zimbabwe's much-criticised election authority declared that there had been no rigging of the country's election, after the opposition repeatedly alleged that the vote process was flawed.
"We have won this one together".
Mnangagwa, a longtime ZANU-PF member with a record of violence during his time in government, called on Zimbabwe's voters to "desist from provocative declarations and statements". Nick Mangwana, ZANU-PF spokesman, stated that the party was happy with the results.
"It seems the results so far could indicate the will of the people, especially the rural population, to be ruled by ZANU-PF", said Ruhanya.
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Biti, Zimbabwe's minister of finance from 2009 to 2013, accused Zanu-PF of trying to "manipulate" the results, called V11 forms. Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to control chaotic scenes as crowds burned tyres and pelted police vans with stones.
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