Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa wins 1st post-Mugabe election

Marsha Scott
August 3, 2018

Women walk past police in vehicles parked outside the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) a day after post-election clashes between security forces and opposition protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 2, 2018.

Zanu PF former Harare East MP Terence Mukupe has described MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti as a sick man after he claimed that the alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has won the election.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission said Friday that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Monday's election as the ruling party maintains control of the government in the first vote after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

Our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller reports from the scene.

"Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams", Mnangagwa said on Twitter.

The 94-year-old former president Mugabe, who ruled the country for 38 years, was pushed out of office by the country's military in November 2017.

"There was nothing that was validated by their search warrant or what they were doing here".

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Coupled with video of soldiers firing on unarmed demonstrators on Wednesday, the raid does serious damage to Mnangagwa's efforts to rehabilitate the image of a country synonymous with political repression and economic collapse.

Zimbabwean police officers cordon off the streets around the MDC opposition party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. "They want to disrupt our results tabulation process, that's all", he said.

Mnangagwa's spokesman, George Charamba, insisted that Thursday was a normal working day.

This in turn would have allowed it to start unlocking the donor funding and investment needed to get its economy - at independence, one of Africa's most vibrant - back on its feet.

Mr Mnangagwa said the government was in talks with Mr Chamisa to defuse the crisis and proposed an independent investigation to bring those who were behind the violence to justice.

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Instead, observers from the Commonwealth, a group of mainly former British colonies that Mnangagwa had hoped to rejoin, did not mince words in condemning the military's conduct. He said he had been talking to Chamisa to try to defuse tensions.

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