Three dead in Zim protest, Mnangagwa lays the blame on the MDC

Zimbabwean police have confirmed that three people have died in violent protests in Harare after police fired live ammunition at protesters.

Violence erupted during a peaceful demonstration outside the national results centre in the capital on Wednesday after constituency results for the 2018 elections were released.

Results from the electoral commission showed Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has won the majority seats in parliament, a day after opposition party accused the agency of deliberately delaying results in Zanu-PF’s favour.

The army was dispatched to the capital on Wednesday afternoon with helicopters overhead, making it near impossible to leave the CBD on Wednesday afternoon.

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela is in Harare.

Three people have died from that violent protest. The military was harsh, there was live ammunition fired at some point. Many of us journalists also witnessed the military being violent toward civilians.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

There were a number of people that were chanting outside the results center calling on the Zimbabwean electoral commission to be honest on how it conducts the collating of the results, but there was another crew coming from town and they started to pelt stones at cars and Zanu-PF offices.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

Police that were deployed were being overpowered by these large protesters and that is why the military was involved. Police are telling us a lot of people are in hospital.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

WARNING: Footage may upset sensitive viewers

VIDEO: Zim army uses live rounds against protesters

According to Manayathela, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has blamed the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance for the violence.

He is saying that he is laying the blame squarely on the MDC Alliance. Yesterday one of the leaders of the opposition party, Tendai Biti, called a press conference and declared Nelson Chamisa as the new president of Zimbabwe.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

The police say they want to question Tendai Biti.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

The MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa declared victory three days before the elections...you cannot say that these supporters were not agitated by the remarks of their leader.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

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