(Xinhua) -- Three people died and
scores of others were injured Wednesday when protesting
opposition supporters clashed with army and police in the
Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba
confirmed the deaths in the violence which also left property
She warned leaders of the opposition MDC Alliance against
inciting its supporters to engage in violent activities.
Scores of opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare
to protest against the delay in announcement of presidential
election results as well as alleged rigging of the vote.
"The police condemns in the strongest terms acts of vandalism
and hooliganism that occurred in Harare.
"As investigations continue, we urge members of the public to
remain calm and peaceful and not to be persuaded or coerced into
engaging in acts of violence," Charamba said.
She said police were keen to interview leaders of the MDC
Alliance in connection with the deadly protests.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, meanwhile, called on
Zimbabweans to remain calm and peaceful as the nation awaits
announcement of all election results.
He blamed the MDC Alliance leadership for causing the
"The incidents of violence and hooliganism which broke out in
the afternoon came as a complete surprise," he said.
"We hold the opposition MDC Alliance leadership responsible
for this disturbance of national peace which is meant to disrupt
the electoral process," Mnangagwa said.
"We hold the party and its leadership responsible for any
loss of life, injury or damage to property which arises from
political violence which they have aided and abated."
Nkululeko Sibanda, the spokesperson of the MDC Alliance
president Nelson Chamisa said the party regretted the deaths
during the protests and criticized the security forces for using
excessive force to quell the protests.
Chamisa claimed Tuesday that he had won the presidential poll
and said his party will not accept a result to the contrary.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said results for the
presidential poll are expected by Aug.4.
According to the results declared by ZEC, the ruling ZANU-PF
party won a parliamentary majority in the Monday elections.
European Union Election
Observer Mission claim
an 'unlevel playing field in Zimbabwe elections'
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The European Union Election Observer Mission to the Zimbabwean
elections has alleged an unlevel playing field that saw
intimidation of voters and lack of trust undermining the
The mission however noted an improved political climate,
inclusive participation rights and a peaceful vote.
"We now hope for a transparent and traceable results
process," a preliminary report on the conduct of the July 30
elections said Wednesday.
It said many previous elections had been contentious and with
reports of abuses, and so while the commitment to hold credible
elections by President Emmerson Mnangagwa was welcomed, a legacy
of the past was a low level of trust in the democratic process
"The elections were competitive, the campaign was largely
peaceful and, overall, political freedoms during the campaign,
including freedom of movement, assembly and speech, were
respected," it said.
"However, the misuse of state resources, instances of
coercion and intimidation, partisan behavior by traditional
leaders and overt bias in state media, all in favor of the
ruling (Zanu-PF) party, meant that a truly level playing field
was not achieved."
The EU became the first observer mission to issue an
unflattering report on the process but also welcomed some
improvements related to the introduction of some administrative
and legal changes to the electoral process.
"The introduction of a number of legal and administrative
changes was welcomed, including increasing the number of polling
stations, limiting voters to voting only at their registered
station, and limiting the number of excess ballots to be
printed," it said.
It said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had put in
place administrative arrangements for the holding of the polls
as scheduled but the potentially positive measures were
undermined by electoral body’s persistent lack of inclusivity
It also accused the state broadcaster the Zimbabwe
Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) of failing to abide by its legal
obligation to ensure equitable and fair treatment to all
political parties and candidates.
"State-owned TV, radio and newspapers, which dominate the
media landscape, were heavily biased in favor of the ruling
party and incumbent president in their election-related
coverage," it said.
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