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No cheer as Zanu-PF retains power

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VICTORIOUS: Mnangagwa

Hours after he was declared winner in the just ended elections, there are still no wild cheers to celebrate President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory who narrowly won the popular vote against Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance.

Instead it was business as usual in Bulawayo as people went on their daily business.

The same situation was reportedly happening in Harare and most major towns.

His victory was declared just after midnight and one would have expected his supporters to wake up in celebrations this morning.

Even though urban areas are largely opposition strongholds, Mnangagwa still garnered some votes and one would expect his supporters to be celebrating but alas.

“Those who voted for Zanu PF made their choice but they will not be spared from our daily struggles. I still can’t believe we are back to square one (sic), this so sad, I might as well consider going back to my village,” said Ntokozo Moyo, an airtime vendor in Bulawayo.

“I will never vote again, what’s the point. Signs were there that Chamisa would win and now this, kubuhlungu (it’s painful),” said one Susan Hadebe.

Journalist, Zenzele Ndebele however said he was not surprised by the election out-come.

“What result do you expect when the opposition is fractured? They can complain all they can but the truth is that opposition leaders have themselves and their egos to blame. If they were united and organised we could be having a different story,” he said adding that as long as opposition parties remain divided, Zimbabweans should forget about change.

The MDC-Alliance however still maintains it won the popular vote and would be seeking redress in court.

Chamisa tweeted saying they would be releasing proof and evidence that he indeed won.

He lost to Mngangagwa by 313 000 votes.

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  1. This party that has won have loud mouths on international television a former Deputy Ministerof Information in the old mans government called Bright Matonga tells the news channel that the opposition guy Grabbed (yes grabbed) the position and went on to say that the guy is selfish bad losers he should have step away for a minute and asked himself whoforced the old man out by force using the Military before saying things about others these foolish people like many others in positions are living on another planet Anyway the big question is who unleashed those soldiers onto unarmed protesters

  2. Even the EU observers have said that the ZEC which is supposed not to take sides was taking sides with this party at times
    The opposition do not run the country -who unleased those thug soldiers on unarmed protesters
    While the votes are being counted and a delay encountered for the presidential election, the opposition party’s headquarters are raided all shown around the world

  3. ““If, upon a request made by the Commissioner of Police, the Minister [of Home Affairs] is satisfied that any regulating authority [i.e. a senior police officer] requires the assistance of the Defence Forces for the purpose of suppressing any civil commotion or disturbance in any police district, he may request the Minister responsible for defence to authorise the Defence Forces to assist the police in the exercise of their functions under this Act in the police district concerned.”

    The section does not mention the President at all, and to the extent that it seems to give the Minister of Defence power to authorise the Defence Forces to assist the police, it is unconstitutional.

    A further point is that Vice-President Chiwenga has been appointed as Minister of Defence, and his entitlement to hold that portfolio is open to challenge since section 215 of the Constitution states that the President must appoint a Minister – not a Vice-President – to be responsible for the Defence Forces.”

  4. Back to Bright Matonga who was featured in an interview with a foreign Channel
    Mr. Matonga is a ex Deputy Minister of Information in the Old mans government from 2005-2008
    He says the opposition ar bad losers and the current leader of the oppostion is a DICTATOR AND SELFISH Goodness Graciious Mr. Matonga has served under the most selfish man on the planet and his former minister is calling others what the old man was a DICTATOR AND SELFISH

  5. The latest incident viewed around the world
    The oppostion are wanting to set up a conference to say something
    Many Journalists arrive among many foreign journalists and they are confronted by the riot police in the capital and told to leave the place
    Then a Minister who is the current Minister of Information he served as the Ambassador to South Africa during the time of the old man He is called Mr. Simon K. Moyo and he confronts the riot police telling them that them that the opposition should be allowed to have the conference in view full of the world the riot police are having some confronting words with the Minister and then One foreign Journalist asks are they being told to leave and presumbably this is the Police Commissioner a very chubby fellow abruptly tells the journalist he was not speaking to him

  6. Then afterwards everyone is having their bit including a former General now the Foreign Affairs Secretary whose face came on televisions around the world and said the following words when there was a coup
    “we are targeting criminals around the President” how odd the old man has been removed by them why use these words
    So on the he says that the person who has won the elections is in charge

  7. Harare Violence Is Yet Another Wake Up Call For SADC
    August 3, 2018
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    First, there’s the voting. Then, there’s the counting. But what happens next? This is the sad question now on everyone’s mind after the military was deployed to suppress post-election protests in Zimbabwe today. No-one wanted the answer to be gunfire, tanks and injuries.

    The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had announced a resounding parliamentary victory for the ruling party, Zanu-PF. But ZEC, as yet, has delayed the announcement of the presidential vote. The EU Observer Mission chief, Elmar Brok, reasonably commented that: “The longer it lasts that the results of the presidential election is not known, the more lack of credibility it provides.” So why the delay?

    In that vacuum, both of the main presidential contenders, incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and the MDC Alliance challenger, Nelson Chamisa, talked up their chances. The MDC Alliance even went so far as to declare victory and continue its pre-election rhetoric about protecting the people’s vote from the depredations of an untrustworthy state apparatus.

    It should have been clear to all observers, including Zimbabwe’s neighbours and the regional body, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), that some form of post-election mediation effort would be necessary in such a polarised eventuality. Such was the opposition’s manifest lack of confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. Chamisa didn’t need to be photographed meeting Raila Odinga in February to make people realise that his refusal to accept a freshly-minted mandate for Mnangagwa’s ‘new dispensation’ was always a real risk.

    I wrote before the elections that Chamisa faced an unenviable choice: boycott the elections and risk consigning the MDC to the political scrapheap, or embrace the electoral process at the risk of conferring legitimacy on his opponent’s subsequent (and pre-ordained?) victory. The third option, of course, was to compete in the election but be ready immediately to condemn the outcome as illegitimate.

    Prior to the election, Chamisa had said that, as ZEC was the election’s referee it “must not only be fair but it must be seen to be fair.” International observer missions have differed in their emphases and interpretations, but whatever the true outcome of Monday’s votes, it is hard to deny that ZEC failed to do enough to win public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. In this light, the MDC Alliance’s announcement that it had won the popular vote was undoubtedly unofficial and premature, but does anyone really know whether or not it was true? Given that, can it be right for regional and international actors to insist that opposition parties meekly accept the official account of a (possibly stolen) election?

    This is what happens when public institutions lose the people’s confidence. Was there an alternative? In theory, an internationally supervised election might have made the difference, one in which ZEC was not simply trusted to uphold its responsibilities but was actively assisted and overseen at every turn by empowered, impartial international officials. But, in practice, could anyone see Mnangagwa freely choosing, or being persuaded or cajoled into passively accepting such a process? It would be a clear blow to Zimbabwe’s national pride and independence, to say nothing of neutralising one of the major advantages of his incumbency. Frankly, it’s difficult to imagine a hypothetical scenario in which such an approach could have been made to work and gain the confidence of all parties.

    But, in the absence of a practical alternative, the July 30 election has only intensified and sharpened political tensions that have simmered since the November 2017 coup d’etat that put Mnangagwa in the presidency and several top military men in his Cabinet. Should it surprise anyone that a military-dominated government, put in power by the military, then subsequently resorted to its default tendency, a military-led solution to post-election protests?

    A deteriorating security situation was one post-election scenario that regional and international actors really should have forecast as sufficiently likely and consequential to merit careful, advanced planning. It would be inexcusable if the relevant regional bodies and influential foreign governments hadn’t thoroughly prepared for this eventuality. Extemporising diplomatic responses in such a demonstrably foreseeable outcome would be unacceptable: there should already be a series of pre-scripted diplomatic moves. In a sense, if SADC and others look into their recent history, there already is.

    For example, SADC urgently needs to send either the Organ Chair or, as in previous Zimbabwe elections, a senior South African such as International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu or National Security Adviser Charles Nqakula (who is a veteran of one previous facilitation effort), to meet all relevant party- and senior military leaders in order to very publicly ease the tension, shepherding the country away from violence and towards a mediated solution. SADC should lead, but it must also be supported, by the African Union and the wider international community, crucially including the UK and US governments, as well as China.

    Election observers had started today by describing aspects of this election campaign as a step forward in Zimbabwe’s transition to a more democratic, less violent politics. Mnangagwa appeared to have heeded calls for greater openness as a price worth paying for normalising Zimbabwe’s international relations, accessing international financial assistance and new business. Unfortunately, this ‘new dispensation’ narrative appears to have unravelled in just forty-eight hours after the election. It’s hard to see these glittering prizes being awarded to a government that shoots at protestors in the street.

    Calling for South Africa and SADC to step up and resolve a post-election crisis in Zimbabwe might sound like the political equivalent of the movie Groundhog Day, repeating the same thing over and over, each time expecting a different, better outcome. But neighbouring states can and should play a role facilitating a return to peaceful dialogue between the key political actors, applying pressure to end the violence. This is the minimum, but it is a necessary precondition for the longer, slower and harder process of beginning to re-build mutual trust between Zimbabwe’s political parties, as well as public trust in Zimbabwe’s institutions, including its electoral commission and its security forces.

    Dr Joe Devanny is Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London and an associate at the Institute for Government.

    – via Joe Devanny, Mail & Guardian

  8. an after tought about the incident on the journalists
    There was a journalist who staged a one man demo against old man about two years back in the heart of the capital his name was Itai Dzamara .
    He was abducted and nothing is being said about him
    Like the lady who was shown on foreign televisions around the world in Matabeleland holding the photo of a beloved relative who was part of the massacre and asking for the body ????

  9. and now the vendors who wer told to stay on the streets by the Zanupf party have had their stalls destroyed by Soldiers ???

  10. Who will be giving those who lost their loved ones assistance with funerals and finding out the truth? One of them is a mixed race person who has died??? Those lives lost cannot be brought back???????


  11. Army killings: Three victims laid to rest; one a Zanu PF supporter
    5th August 2018 News Headlines

    By dw.com

    Seven people lost their lives in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, August 1, when the military opened fire on protesters in the streets of the capital, Harare. Opposition supporters had come out to protest the long wait for the election results, which they feared were being manipulated.

    At the weekend, friends and relatives of those who had died in the clashes gathered to mourn their loved ones.

    Draped in white lace and accompanied by mourners crying and singing, Sylvia Maphosa’s coffin was heaved into the funeral van. “She was killed by the criminals in the government,” one man cried through a car window, as the convoy made its way to the cemetery.

    Maphosa, a civil servant, was shot in the back. She was trying to make her way home after leaving her office at the Zimbabwe National Water Authority in Harare’s city center. According to her family’s lawyer, police initially recorded the cause of her death as a stab wound. After protest from her family, the police corrected it to gunshot wound. Apart from the man in the car, however, nobody at the funeral talked about who was to blame for her death.

    Ishmael Kumire, a vegetable seller and father of four, had a similar fate. “He was standing five meters from me and suddenly I heard gunshots. I thought they were firing rubber bullets,” Kumire’s brother-in-law Ignatius Neshava said. According to him, Kumire even supported the ruling party. He had been trying to protect his goods when the soldiers came.”