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Zimbabweans tired of election violence as a few burn down the country

August 02, 2018 at 07:29 am | News

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Associate Editor

August 02, 2018 at 07:29 am | News

Violence in Zimbabwe after election --- Twitter

The hopes of a new chapter for Zimbabwe after years of violence and dissent are being dashed following the chaos that rocked the country on Wednesday killing at least three people.

Soldiers are currently on the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, a day after they fired at demonstrating opposition MDC Alliance supporters who argued that the election results were being rigged.

Monday’s election was expected to bring to the fore a new era for the country and revive the economy but this has not materialized as clashes and chaos has been the order of the day.


The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is yet to make a statement but the president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a series of tweets, said he is talking to the opposition and has called for an independent investigation.

Videos have since emerged of Wednesday’s situation in the country pending the announcement of the presidential results.

Official results already show that the ruling ZANU-PF party had won most seats in the parliamentary ballot.
Shops at the moment remain closed in downtown Harare and other businesses have come to a standstill, news site BBC reports.

The Commonwealth election observer mission in the country has, meanwhile, condemned “the excessive use of force against unarmed civilians,” calling on all parties to exercise restraint.

As at the time of filing this story, soldiers were ordering people to go home and shops owners are being asked to close their shops, according to a tweet by a reporter from the Financial Times.

Mnangagwa, 75, had assured citizens of a free and fair vote after he came to power in November when the former president, Robert Mugabe was forced to resign.

The situation in the country now is rather disappointing, according to many observers.

Here’s how people are reacting to the crackdown in the country:

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