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Nelson Chamisa apologises for calling supporters ‘stupid’

The MDC leader told a press conference on Thursday that those who had demonstrated on 1 August over delayed elections results were stupid.

FILE: MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa. Picture: @nelsonchamisa/Twitter.

HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa has apologised to his supporters for calling those who demonstrated against delayed election results stupid.

The demonstrations in August led to an army crackdown that left six civilians dead.

In a tweet on Thursday night, Chamisa said his comments had caused the wrong impression.

He said people have a constitutional right to demonstrate peacefully and regretted any discomfort his words had caused.

Chamisa told a press conference on Thursday that those who had demonstrated on 1 August over delayed elections results were stupid.

He said the protesters had opened themselves up to manipulation, a reference to the burning of Zanu-PF vehicles and the intervention of the army that left six civilians dead.

On social media, Zimbabweans have criticised Chamisa’s comments, accusing him of being insensitive and disrespectful.

Warning: Video may contain disturbing scenes

VIDEO: Zimbabwe army uses live rounds against protesters

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)