Hundreds of supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the main opposition party in Zimbabwe, outraged on the street when it became public this Wednesday morning that the ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), has secured the majority in Parliament after the Monday elections.
In the protests that have taken place in Harare - the capital of the country - at least three people have died during the clashes with the police and the army.
With an angry reaction, the opposition claimed that the election results were tricked and manipulated that they label as ‘false’. Sympathizers of the opposition party have reacted by going first to the MDC headquarters, where they have burned tires and begun the demonstration, and finding themselves, soon, with police.
The water tanks and the riot police have reacted sturdily, the Army has been deployed in the streets of the capital and clashes have broken out that produced maximum tension in the streets. At least three people have died under police fire during the violence, according to state television.
‘At this crucial time, I call on everyone to desist from provocative declarations and statements. We must all demonstrate patience and maturity, and act in a way that puts our people and their safety first. Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace,’ tweeted Mnangagwa.
He also asked for a proper investigation into the matter tweeting, ‘I am therefore calling for an independent investigation into what occurred in Harare yesterday. We believe in transparency and accountability, and those responsible should be identified and brought to justice.’