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E.D Mnangagwa wins the disputed Zimbabwe presidential elections



Zimbabwe presidential elections

President Mnangagwa has won the Zimbabwe presidential elections, in an outcome set to fuel fraud allegations as security forces patrolled the streets to prevent protests.

Opposition MDC spokesperson Morgan Komichi has denounced Zimbabwe election results, saying the count was “fake”.

“The results that have been announced have not been verified by us so the results are fake,” said Komichi, before he was removed by police from the stage at the official results announcement in Harare.

The death toll in Zimbabwe has risen to six, according to police, after clashes in Harare on Wednesday that came amid delays in announcing the winner of this week’s presidential election.

Soldiers beat and shot at opposition protesters after Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa claimed he had won the “popular vote” and accused Zanu-PF, the ruling party, of electoral malfeasance on Wednesday.

Police raided MDC offices and detained 18 people on Thursday. A search warrant suggested Mr Chamisa and others were suspected of the crimes of ”possession of dangerous weapons” and “public violence”; Mr Mnangagwa has publicly accused his opponent of inciting violence.

With all 10 provinces declared, Emmerson Mnangagwa won 50.8% of votes to 44.3% for opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

In Mashonaland West, Chamisa received 217 732 votes and Mnangagwa received 312 958 votes.

In the Midlands province, Chamisa received 255 059 votes and Mnangagwa received 350 754 votes.

Chamisa narrowly took Manicaland after he got 296 429 votes and Mnangagwa 292 938.

Chamisa won in Matabeleland North receiving 137 611 votes while Mnangagwa gets 111 452 votes.

Mnangagwa also won in Masvingo province, Chamisa received 117 196 votes and Mnangagwa got 319 073 votes.

In Matabeleland South, Chamisa got 90 292 votes and Mnangagwa received 107 008 votes.

In Mashonaland East province, Chamisa received 189 024 votes and Mnangagwa 334 617 votes.

In Mashonaland Central Province, Chamisa got 97 097 votes while Mnangagwa 366 785 votes.

In Bulawayo Metropolitan province Chamisa got 144 160 votes and Mnangagwa 60 168 votes.

In Harare, Nelson Chamisa received 548 848 and Emmerson Mnangagwa 204 710 votes.

The elections were the first since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, 94, was ousted in November last year.

The Zimbabwe presidential elections were intended to set Zimbabwe on a new path following Mr Mugabe’s repressive rule.


Kembo Mohadi resigns amid sex scandal



Kembo Mohadi sex scandal

Zimbabwe Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned on Monday following local media reports he had engaged in improper conduct.

Kembo Mohadi, along with Constantino Chiwenga, was a deputy to President Emmerson Mnangagwa since 2018, but without a political power base, he was not seen as a potential successor to the president.

In a rare move by a public official in Zimbabwe, Kembo Mohadi said he had taken the decision to step down “not as a matter of cowardice but as a sign of demonstrating great respect to the office of the President”.

I have been going through a soul-searching pilgrimage and realised that I need the space to deal with my problem outside the governance chair,” he said in a statement released by the Ministry of Information.

Local online media service ZimLive has in the past two weeks carried reports that Kembo Mohadi had improper sexual liaisons with married women, including one of his subordinates.

Mohadi, 70, denied the accusations last week saying this was part of a political plot against him. On Monday he continued to deny the accusations saying he would seek legal recourse.

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Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to white farmers



Zimbabwe White Farmers

Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to Zimbabwe white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government to resettle black families, moving a step closer to resolving one the most divisive policies of the Robert Mugabe era.

But the southern African nation does not have the money and will issue long term bonds and jointly approach international donors with the farmers to raise funding, according to the compensation agreement.

Two decades ago Mugabe’s government carried out at times violent evictions of 4,500 Zimbabwe white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300,000 Black families, arguing it was redressing colonial land imbalances.

The agreement signed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State House offices in Harare showed white farmers would be compensated for infrastructure on the farms and not the land itself, as per the national constitution.

Details of how much money each farmer, or their descendants, given the time elapsed since the farms were seized, was likely to get were not yet clear, but the government has said it would prioritise the elderly when making the settlements.

Farmers would receive 50% of the compensation after a year and the balance within five years. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and acting Agriculture Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri signed on behalf of the government, while farmers unions and a foreign consortium that undertook valuations also penned the agreement.

“As Zimbabweans, we have chosen to resolve this long-outstanding issue,” said Andrew Pascoe, head of the Commercial Farmers Union representing  Zimbabwe white farmers.

The land seizures were one of Mugabe’s signature policies that soured ties with the West. Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in 2017 and died last year, accused the West of imposing sanctions on his government as punishment.

The programme still divides public opinion in Zimbabwe as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself. But its supporters say it has empowered landless Black people. Mnangagwa said the land reform could not be reversed but paying of compensation was key to mending ties with the West. Reuters

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Chinamasa calls U.S. ambassador ‘thug’ as anti-government protests loom




Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party on Monday called the United States ambassador a “thug” and accused him of funding the opposition ahead of this week’s planned anti-government protests that authorities say are meant to overthrow the government.

Without providing evidence, ZANU-PF spokesman Patrick Chinamasa told reporters that U.S. ambassador to Harare, Brian Nichols, was involved in subversive activities to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

Chinamasa’s comments echo the Robert Mugabe era, where the ZANU-PF government regularly accused the United States and Britain of seeking to dislodge it from power.

“He (Nichols) continues to engage in acts of undermining this republic and if he does so, if he continues engaging in acts of mobilising and funding disturbances, coordinating violence and training insurgents, our leadership will not hesitate to give him marching orders,” Chinamasa said.
“Diplomats should not behave like thugs, and Brian Nichols is a thug.”

The U.S. embassy in Harare did not immediately respond to Chinamasa’s comments. Political tensions are rising fast in the southern African nation after activists called for demonstrations on July 31 against government corruption, which they blame for deepening the worst economic crisis in more than a decade.

Last month, the government summoned Nichols after a senior White House official said Zimbabwe was among “foreign adversaries” using the civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd to interfere in U.S. affairs.

The U.S., Britain, E.U. embassies and the United Nations have all criticised Zimbabwe for the arrest of journalists and political challengers.
Relations between Zimbabwe and the West were promising when Mnangagwa replaced Mugabe after a coup in 2017, but have soured over the government’s human rights record.

Patrick Chinamasa urged party supporters to defend themselves from protesters and avoid a repeat of the deadly violence that followed post-election demonstrations in August 2018 and the January 2019 protests over a steep fuel price hike.“No, this time no. Use any means at your disposal to defend yourselves,” Chinamasa said. Organisers say this week’s protests will be peaceful. Reuters

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