Zimbabwe election: President Mnangagwa calls for unity 

The aftermath of a disputed election has seen violence and opposition claims of fraud.

Source: Zimbabwe election: President Mnangagwa calls for unity – BBC News

Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will be a leader for all Zimbabweans in a call for unity after rows broke out over his election victory.

The president appealed for peace and promised an independent investigation into the military after six people were killed in post-election violence.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has described the president’s victory as a “coup against [the people’s] will”.

This was the first election since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.

Speaking at a press conference, President Mnangagwa said that Mr Chamisa would have “a crucial role to play in Zimbabwe’s president and its unfolding future”.

He asked the opposition leader to join him in calling for peace and unity in the country, and promised that people’s civil liberties would be protected.

Mr Chamisa had earlier called the results “corrupted” and said his MDC Alliance would pursue all legal and constitutional avenues to challenge it.

The opposition leader said he had evidence that ballot boxes were being transported in open trucks allowing them to be tampered with.

He also raised discrepancies between vote tallies, and said his election agent had not been allowed to verify the results on Thursday.

Figures released by the electoral commission say Mr Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF party won 50.4% of the presidential vote – ensuring by only 36,464 ballots that there did not have to be a run-off.

Chamisa tallied 44.3% of the almost five million votes cast, with the 21 other candidates taking up the remainder.

Results of the parliamentary election gave Zanu-PF 144 seats; the MDC Alliance, which is made up of seven parties, 64 seats, and one seat to the National Patriotic Front, formed by Mugabe loyalists.

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    Jonsina 4 years ago

    Father forgive our nation. Ishe regererai. Baba sithethelele. When we look from the ground to the sky, the lay see air but I see an ocean. We all are like fish swimming inside this ocean of mercy and forgiveness whose floodgates were opened in AD 33. Lord,may your love humble us, wash our hearts clean so that we forgive each other, acknowledge our mistakes and get the strength to move on. Put in our leaders empathy, sympathy, hard work and passion. Remove in them corruption, flattery and taking peoples concerns for granted. My God bless, I pray Thee, our country Zimbabwe.

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    spiralx 4 years ago

    Now let’s see him walk the walk, as well as talking the talk.