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REJECTING DEFEAT: MDC- Alliance sopporters protesting in Harare.

3 dead, Biti likely to be charged REJECTING DEFEAT: MDC-Alliance supporters protesting in Harare

Three people died while several others were injured during violent protests that erupted in Harare on Wednesday as opposition Movement for Democratic- Alliance declared that it would not accept defeat.

Soldiers fired gun shots, while riot police used tear gas and water canons to disperse protesters that had gathered outside the national election centre, demanding that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission release real results that showed opposition’s victory.

On Tuesday, Tendai Biti of the MDC Alliance addressed a press conference declaring that their presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa had won.

He said this was based on results that they had received from their polling agents throughout the country.

His statement led to party supporters breaking into celebrations outside party offices but when the bulk of the official results were released on Wednesday, which showed that Zanu PF had in fact won majority seats and highly likely the presidential elections, angry supporters stormed the election centre, accusing the electoral body of massaging results in favor of Zanu PF.

“We are keen to interview Tendai Biti and Happyson Chidziva (youth leader) in connection with the disturbances,” said police spokesperson Charity Charamba

She also confirmed that three people had died during the violent protests.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa also blamed the violence on the MDC-Alliance leadership.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday evening, Mnangagwa said the party leadership should also be held responsible for any loss of life or property that could have happened.

However, Biti blamed the government for using army against unarmed civilians. He wrote on Twitter saying; “The MDC-Alliance is a peaceful and constitutional body. For years we have fought oppression through peaceful and constitutional means. We condemn all forms of violence and use of the army against an unarmed civilian population. We condemn the murders of compatriots. We call for restraint”.

Bulawayo remained relatively calm though riot police could be seen milling around MDC offices.

Meanwhile presidential elections results were due to be announced on Thursday morning where Mngangangwa is likely to be declared a winner judging from Zanu PF’s victory in the parliamentary elections.

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  1. ZEC Senior Official Resigns, Claims Rigging Is Against His Conscience
    August 8, 2018
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    By Paul Nyathi:|A Zimbabwe Electoral Commission District Elections Officer for Mashonaland West has allegedly resigned from the commission claiming that he participated in an election rigging process which he now regrets. ”

    “A prominent member of the Oppo and lawyer called Tendai Biti has been arrested at the Chirundu Border while trying to cross into Zambia”
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  2. Tension As Valerio Demands Answers From Mnangagwa On Army Deployment Against Citizens
    August 8, 2018
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    Zimbabwe’s armed forces chief is demanding to know who ordered troops last week to break up protests against the ruling party’s election victory and why he wasn’t informed about the decision, according to three senior government officials.

    General Philip Valerio Sibanda asked for an explanation from President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa, his advisers and intelligence chiefs of the events on Aug. 1 that left six people dead in the capital, Harare, and raised questions about who controls the security forces. No one shed light on what happened, according to the officials, who have details of the Aug. 3 meeting but asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to comment.”


  3. “Government Dissolves Air Zimbabwe
    August 7, 2018
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    Government last week dissolved Air Zimbabwe management board and appointed Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants as caretaker administrators for the country’s airline.

    Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Joram Gumbo confirmed yesterday that the disbandment of the board and the appointment of a caretaker was meant to safeguard the airline’s assets.

    “The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, by their letter dated July 25, 2018 notified my office that it was not feasible to extend the protection under the Finance Act,” Gumbo said.

    “Instead, the Ministry of Finance recommended to the Office of the President and Cabinet that Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd and Air Zimbabwe Holdings (Pvt) Ltd should be placed under the reconstruction of State Indebted Insolvent Companies Act Chapter (24:27).The recommendation was approved and forwarded to the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.”

    Initially, government issued a Government Gazette dated July 27 where it had appointed three Air Zimbabwe officials as interim administrators.

    The Ministry of Transport then sought the services of Grant Thornton through the approval of the Procurement Authority of Zimbabwe.

    Gumbo said the appointment of an administrator is provided “in the General Notice number 610 of 2018 with the duties, functions and control of the board in the companies now vested in the administrator”.

    Management for Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd and Air Zimbabwe holdings (Pvt) Ltd shall remain in place, but answerable to Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants, who in turn will report to the permanent secretary.

    The permanent secretary will be calling Air Zimbabwe management and the regulatory authority management teams to a meeting with the administrator at a convenient time.

    The sacked board comprised of chairperson Chipo Dyanda, deputised by Pathias Chironga and members included Pascal Changunda, Lyton Shumba, Fulton Mangwanya and Dacl-Ray Rambanapasi.

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