Three Protesters Killed In Harare As Zimbabwe Elections Descend Into Chaos

Three people were killed in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare after troops opened fire on rioting opposition supporters, police say.The government says the army was deployed in central Harare to help police restore order. The opposition MDC Alliance condemned the crackdown, saying it was a reminder of the “dark days” of Robert Mugabe’s rule. It alleges that the governing Zanu-PF party has rigged Monday’s elections.Parliamentary results show the Zanu-PF heading for a big majority. The presidential result has yet to be declared. However, the MDC Alliance insists that its presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa, won Monday’s election. European Union monitors have expressed concern over the length of time it is taking to declare the presidential result. President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the opposition leadership was responsible for Wednesday’s violence, which he said was designed to disrupt the electoral process.He had earlier urged patience and calm following the first elections since long-serving ruler Mr Mugabe was ousted from power. Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said the army had been deployed in Harare to disperse a violent crowd and to restore “peace and tranquillity”. He added: “The presence of the army is not to intimidate people but to ensure that law and order is maintained. They are there to assist the police.”A spokesman for Mr Chamisa condemned the deployment of soldiers and the subsequent loss of life. “Soldiers are trained to kill during war. Are civilians enemies of the state?” he asked. “There is no explanation whatsoever for the brutality that we saw today.” Media Correspondents say the violence was confined to the centre of Harare – an opposition stronghold – while other parts of the country remain calm. Latest reports from the capital suggest the security forces are in control of the streets. Photo Credit: Getty

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