Zmbabwe‘s newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Sunday, August 26 to open a probe into violence which followed the country’s first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.
“To put closure and finality to the matter, I will soon be announcing members of the commission of inquiry into the said violence who will, upon completion, publish their findings,” he said shortly after being sworn in.
“This is a different Zimbabwe, the dawn of the second republic of our Zimbabwe” the President Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe’s president elect Emmerson Mnangagwa will be inaugurated on Sunday, August 26. Crowds of supporters are expected to gather at Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium for the ceremony.
Mnangagwa has called for peace after a top court upheld his victory in last month’s election.Writing on Twitter, Mnangagwa said his door was open and his arms extended to Chamisa.
In a statement the MDC said it respected the court’s ruling with a heavy heart but wouldn’t say exactly what the party plans to do next. Press-conference of Chamisa has been declared today.
Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, filed a court challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory, he wrote on Twitter, a step that would delay Mnangagwa’s inauguration that had been planning for August, 12.
Under the constitution, a losing presidential candidate has seven days to challenge the result from when a winner is declared. The Constitutional Court must rule within 14 days and Mnangagwa’s inauguration would have to wait for the outcome of Chamisa’s challenge.
Earlier this month, Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for the 40-year-old Chamisa. The opposition said the result was rigged.
The European Union and United States condemned violent attacks targeting the Zimbabwe opposition since elections last week, while 27 supporters of the MDC party were released on bail.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, declared winner of the country’s first elections since the downfall of Robert Mugabe, again vowed to protect rights, but the government has been accused of overseeing a brutal post-vote crackdown.
The four children of a fruit-seller gunned down by soldiers in Zimbabwe post-election violence buried their father on Saturday in the village of Chinamhora around 50 km northeast of Harare. The ceremony was followed by 200 mourners.
Ishmael Kumire, 41, was one of the six victims of Wednesday’s bloody chaos, sparked when troops fired on opposition activists protesting alleged electoral fraud.
According to his brother Steven Matope, the fruit-seller was not among the opposition protesters angrily claiming that the ruling ZANU-PF had stolen the election.
Instead, he was caught up in the violence because he had stayed at the scene of the protest to protect the goods in the shop.
“Ishmael was a vendor, he wasn’t a political activist,” Matope said.
“He supported the ruling party — but then, it’s the same ruling party that has killed him.”
His funeral came a day after ZANU-PF’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of Zimbabwe’s historic elections, the first since autocrat Robert Mugabe was ousted by the military last year.
“If the ruling party is killing the people it is supposed to govern, I don’t know who it is going to rule. That’s very painful,” Matope added.
“He was just selling his tomatoes,” he said of his brother.
Three people have been killed in Zimbabwe capital Harare in confrontation protesters, and troops, firing live ammunition, teargas and water cannon amid rising tension following presidential elections.
The army was deployed in the capital on after it became clear that police is unable to cope with a wave of demonstrators who were indignant, claiming historic election is being rigged.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF has won the majority seats in parliament, results from the electoral commission said a day after the opposition accused the agency of deliberately delaying results in ZANU-PF’s favor.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results indicated incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF received a comfortable majority with 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. The 58 seats are to be declared.
Experts fear a potential for unrest in Zimbabwe, with both candidates claiming victory in elections.
If the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Nelson Chamisa loses the result there could be street protests with a potential for violence, and a protracted legal process that could stunt economic reforms, experts say.
In case the ruling party failure, many Zimbabweans fear Emmerson Mnangagwa will not accept the result, particularly given the huge risk they took in removing Mugabe.
The incumbent President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa asked for calm and restraint, while waiting for an official result.
Zimbabwe electorate heads to the poll stations in the first election since the removal of Robert Mugabe, a milestone moment of hope to end the country of its global pariah status and spark a recovery in its failed economy.
The election marks a competition between 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is claiming to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.
Polls give former intelligence chief Mnangagwa, who took over as president after the army ousted Mugabe in a bloodless coup last November a slight advantage over Chamisa. That makes a runoff on September 8 a possibility if no candidate wins more than half of the votes.
Nicknamed “the Crocodile” Mnangagwa has pledged to revive economy, attract foreign investment and mend racial and tribal divisions.
Chamisa, a charismatic speaker who honed his craft in the courtroom, is winning over young and unemployed voters who are frustrated with nearly four decades of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) rule.