Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Post-Post Chaos - Soldiers Deployed In Zimbabwe’s Capital

Soldiers have been deployed in Zimbabwe's capital Harare to quash protests by opposition supporters who claim that the ruling Zanu-PF wants to rig the presidential election.


Below is an update of the situation in the country:


7:44pm - The US calls for Zimbabwe to 'use restraint' with protestors. The United States called on Zimbabwean forces to use restraint when dispersing Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) protesters after at least one man was shot dead in Harare during demonstrations Wednesday against alleged election fraud.

"We urge leaders of all parties to call for calm... We further urge the Defence Forces of Zimbabwe to use restraint in dispersing protesters," the US embassy said in a statement, adding it was "deeply concerned" by events in the Zimbabwean capital.
Post-Post Chaos - Soldiers Deployed In Zimbabwe’s Capital
7:41pm - Opposition march turns to bloodshed after Zimbabwe vote: The sound of automatic gunfire reverberated through Harare as armoured military vehicles rolled through the Zimbabwean capital and soldiers fired on opposition activists protesting against alleged electoral fraud.

By the time daylight began to fade at least one man had been shot dead, recalling the dark days of former president Robert Mugabe's era when elections and extreme regime violence went hand-in-hand.

It had been hoped that the first elections following his removal — after a brief army takeover led by former army chief Constantino Chiwenga — would turn the page for the country.

"There's no need for Chiwenga to control the elections," a protester, wearing a red sports jacket and holding a sign proclaiming "We don't want fake elections", said.

4:55pm - President Emmerson Mnangagwa calls for 'peace' as clashes erupt after poll: President Mnangagwa called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe's elections.

"At this crucial time, I call on everyone to desist from provocative declarations and statements," he said on Twitter. "Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace."

Citizens hide from Zimbabwean soldiers in the streets of Harare on August 1, 2018 after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. PHOTO | ALEX MCBRIDE | AFP

3:51pm - Zimbabwe elections on 'un-level playing field', say EU observers: European Union observers said Wednesday that Zimbabwe's elections had been held on an "un-level playing field" as opposition MDC supporters protested against alleged fraud by the election authority and ruling ZANU-PF party.

Official results strengthened President Mnangagwa's prospects of holding on to power in the key presidential vote, showing that ZANU-PF had easily won the most seats in the parliamentary ballot.

Several hundred opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters gathered outside the party headquarters in Harare, chanting and shouting that they had won the elections.

Anti-riot police backed by water cannon trucks monitored the demonstrators, while MDC supporters also protested outside the conference centre where election results are being announced.

The EU mission found an "improved political climate, but (an) un-level playing field and lack of trust in the process," it said in a statement, two days after Zimbabwe's first ballot since Robert Mugabe was ousted by the military ending his 37-year rule.

EU chief observer Elmar Brok said there were "efforts to undermine the free expression of the will of the electors through inducements, soft intimidation, pressure and coercion... to try to ensure a vote in favour of the ruling party".
Post-Post Chaos - Soldiers Deployed In Zimbabwe’s Capital
Post-Post Chaos - Soldiers Deployed In Zimbabwe’s Capital
Post-Post Chaos - Soldiers Deployed In Zimbabwe’s Capital

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