Mnangagwa Regrets Post Election Violence

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President elect, Emmerson Mnangagwa has described as regrettable, disturbances that rocked Harare central business district last week Wednesday saying violence has no place in the Zimbabwean society.

Posting on his Twitter account, Mnangagwa said investigations were underway to establish the truth that will lead to justice for the victims.

“The violence that followed was regrettable and tragic. There is no place for violence in our society, and allegations of further incidents concern us all. Any claim supported by evidence will be examined and investigations are underway as we seek truth and justice,” he said.

President Mnangagwa’s statement comes on the back of the MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa who today said he has finished his dossier to challenge the results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission .

“I’ve just finished going through the evidence per our agents and V11 forms from across Zimbabwe. We won this election emphatically. ZEC’s figures are falsified and inflated in favor of the outgoing President. We are ready for the inauguration and formation of the next government,” said Chamisa.

Mnangagwa said the just ended polls which were held in a peaceful environment, received thumbs up from the international observers emphasizing that the outcome was credible.

“A week ago, Zimbabwe went to vote in the spirit of hope and freedom. The campaign and voting were blessed by the entire world. The final results were in line with polling and identical to the tallies of ZESN and other foreign monitors. A free, fair and credible election,” he said.

Mnangagwa said he embraced the recommendations given by the international observers and that they will be implemented in future.

“We have much to learn from this seminal week in our history. Recommendations from the international community are welcome and will be implemented. Transparency and accountability remain paramount. And despite the naysayers, in this new Zimbabwe, freedom will reign.”

Meanwhile, the international community has described the post election skirmishes as tragic with the Australian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bronte Moules saying the use of security forces in quelling the protest was excessive.

“In this context it was more tragic to see violence and unruly behaviour, and excessive use of force by the security forces, on 1 August. Reports of further violence and human rights violations are also deeply concerning”.

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