Troops clear streets of Zimbabwe's capital, election result 'very soon'

Aaron Brown
August 3, 2018

Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission who were overseeing the poll said there had been "absolutely no skulduggery" and it would begin releasing results shortly.

But Mnangagwa's ruling Zanu-PF suggested the win would be his.

Mr Chamisa has insisted he has won the presidential poll, telling reporters on Thursday the ruling Zanu-PF party was "trying to bastardise the result", something that "we will not allow".

With Government championing new investment under the mantra "Zimbabwe is open for business", several worldwide investors have already starting coming to the country including from the West, which previously had a frosty relationship with the previous dispensation led by for president Mr Robert Mugabe.

"There was nothing that was validated by their search warrant or what they were doing here".

Women walk past police in vehicles parked outside the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) a day after post-election clashes between security forces and opposition protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 2, 2018.

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"China is a good friend of Zimbabwe and we have been very helpful in the past in Zimbabwe's development process and definitely we are going to do so with the new Government", said Mr Liu.

Almost all shops in downtown Harare were shuttered and the normally bustling pavements quiet the day after the bloodshed.

Coupled with video of soldiers firing on unarmed demonstrators on Wednesday, the raid does serious damage to Mnangagwa's efforts to rehabilitate the image of a country synonymous with political repression and economic collapse. "They must go about their business as always", he said on state television.

In particular, the use of soldiers to control the capital confirms suspicions that the generals who ousted Mugabe - including army chief-turned vice-president Constantino Chiwenga - are firmly in charge, analysts said.

The election was supposed to confirm the legitimacy of the post-Mugabe government and allow Harare to renew ties with the worldwide community. Mnangagwa himself remains under USA sanctions.

Mnangagwa called for an "independent investigation" into Wednesday's violence, saying those responsible "should be identified and brought to justice". He said he had been talking to Chamisa to try to defuse tensions.

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