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Six people killed in Zimbabwe election violence

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Six people have so far been killed in the violence that erupted in Zimbabwe following Monday’s election.

Soldiers on Wednesday clashed with opposition supporters from the MDC who were disputing the election results.

The soldiers reportedly shot into the protesters with the death toll now rising to six, according to the police.

Several others have also sustained injuries and were visited in the hospital by the MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa on Thursday.

The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday tweeted condemning the violence.

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He expressed sadness about the deaths recorded so far. “I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s violence.

All human life is sacred, and their deaths are a tragedy, irrespective of the circumstances. I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to all those injured in yesterday’s events”.

Rights group, Amnesty International in a statement called for a probe into the army’s conduct.

“Investigate the army’s conduct in post-election killings.

“By using live ammunition against unarmed protesters, the army has broken the very same rule of law that they should protect,” the group said.

Release of results

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) says it will announce some presidential election results later on Thursday.

Final results are however expected within five days.

The opposition leader in Zimbabwe, Nelson Chamisa insists he has won Monday’s Presidential election.

Making his first public appearance since Wednesday’s violence in the capital, Harare, the MDC leader remained defiant that he won the poll.

“Mnangagwa knows he has lost this election. If he had won this election, this election would have been announced long back. But they are trying to massage the figures to try and advance a fictitious and fallacious result,” he said.

The elections have been held for the first time without the involvement of the former President, Robert Mugabe who exited power after a military takeover.




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