Here's What Zimbabweans are Saying About Mnangagwa's Highly Contested Win
"That awkward moment someone 'wins' an election and no one is celebrating."
A historic election meant to put Zimbabwe on a new path following the ousting of Robert Mugabe, may have taken a different turn.
Following the announcement that Mugabe's successor Earnest Mnangagwa had won the poll, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa held a press conference which police forces initially tried to suppress. They later claimed that they were misinformed and thought that an unlawful protest was taking place. Mnangwa denounced the events stating that they "have no place in our society."
On Friday afternoon, Chamisa's addressed journalists, calling the election "a coup against the people's will." He contested the poll—which put Mnangagwa's portion of the vote at 50.3 percent—claiming that he has evidence that ballots had been tampered with. He announced plans to challenge the result.
Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa calls election result "fraudulent, illegal, illegitimate" during press co… https://t.co/isW69W4CP2— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1533303853.0
Meanwhile, president-elect Mnangawa has fully accepted victory, "thank you Zimbabwe! I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe. Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams," he wrote on Twitter. "This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity & love, & together build a new Zimbabwe for all!
Mnangawa is holding a press conference today as well.
Watching the President’s press conference - @fergalkeane47 and @MinisterSBMoyo - our interview on @BBCWorld later. https://t.co/yU8VyAdS64— Piers Scholfield (@Piers Scholfield)1533310888.0
The unrest caused by heightening political tensions, led to the death of six people on Thursday in clashes between the police and protesters in Harare, reports BBC Africa.
While some Zanu-FP supporters are celebrating the win, many Zimbabweans who were hoping for a more peaceful election, have expressed disappointment on social media and remain critical of the result.
We must state categorically that our welcoming of Zimbabwe electoral outcome is no indirect support of the mindless… https://t.co/XJcRVC3etg— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@Mbuyiseni Ndlozi)1533310703.0
We need to move beyond Elections to build a nation! We have reduced elections to a Zero-sum game. Those who are ele… https://t.co/fAI5xUdByM— African (@African)1533283107.0
This is an international embarrassment for #Zimbabwe. Riot police suppressing media freedom (in full view of live T… https://t.co/7xeYzOIq4f— Joe Brock (@Joe Brock)1533301253.0
The action by the riot police at Bronte Hotel in Harare where Nelson Chamisa was due to hold a Press Conference mus… https://t.co/cCJZnK9QQ6— Trevor Ncube (@Trevor Ncube)1533303217.0
Zimbabwe MDC supporters are calling for fresh elections presided by the UN.Should we tell them the truth or just leave them alone— Muthui Mkenya 🇰🇪 (@Muthui Mkenya 🇰🇪)1533306945.0
Zimbabwe has won gold in the press conference Olympics.— Fadzayi Mahere (@Fadzayi Mahere)1533308028.0
That awkward moment someone "wins" an election and no one is celebrating #ZimbabweElections2018 #Zimbabwe— Lance Guma (@Lance Guma)1533306271.0