Mnangagwa calls for calm as violence erupts in Harare

Earlier today, police fired tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters in Harare as the main opposition leader accused the ruling party of trying to rig the result of Zimbabwe’s election.

FILE: Violent protests broke out in Zimbabwe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for calm, patience and putting the safety of Zimbabweans first after protests erupted in Harare.

A tweet from the presidency reads: “Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace”.

Soldiers and armoured vehicles could be seen on Wednesday afternoon as protests broke out in Zimbabwe after the release of all the constituency election results, with the Zanu-PF securing a clear majority.

Several people have been injured in the violence. Earlier, a man was hospitalised after being shot at during protests.
It’s understood a journalist has also been injured.

Army tanks can also be seen crisscrossing the streets, making it near impossible to leave the CBD.

Earlier today, police fired teargas to disperse stone-throwing protesters in Harare as the main opposition leader accused the ruling party of trying to rig the result of Zimbabwe’s election.

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The Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) earlier said it was possession of most of the results at the centre but could not announce the outcome until the results has been "scrutinised" by all candidates.

The commission’s chair Priscilla Chigumba said: "You actually have to go through a verification process. So you know the V11 forms we've been talking about on social media? You've got to sift through them and decide whether or not we actually agree with the tally that's been done."

On the elections result announcement, Chigumba added: "We're going to leave you with the anticipation sometime tomorrow."

The ZEC has urged those who are not happy with the results to use legal remedies to raise their concerns.

Leading up to Monday’s elections, the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa publicly declared he would not accept defeat, prompting his supporters to make a vow that they would bring Harare to a standstill if their leader loses.

His supporters say they’re angered by the decision to announce the presidential results on Thursday as the verification process is underway.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)