Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has won the Zimbabwe’s long disputed election, which was the first after the depose of the long ruled Robert Mugabe. Robert. He won 50.8% of the total votes cast while his second runner up, Nelson Chamisa of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won 44.3%.
Running from the ruling ZANU-PF, Mnangagwa won about 6 provinces mainly in the rural areas ahead of the opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa of the MDC who won votes from mostly the urban areas. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced the result declaring Emmerson Mnangagwa the elected president of the country.
Opposition supporters largely took to the streets in protest after greater number of the parliamentary seats were declared won by the ruling ZANU-PF. This led to the government deploying military and police to the streets of the capital, Harare. The opposition groups has slammed the election results as “rigged” after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission delayed the announcement of the presidential results. Six opposition supporters has been confirmed dead as they were being dispersed by the police and military. The military has been accused of “high-handedness” in dealing with the protesters, which led to the death of the protesters.
It could be recalled that Emmerson Mnangagwa was first sworn in on 24 November 2017 after his ally, Constantino Chiwenga helped him oust Robert Mugabe in a process viewed by some critics as coup d’etat. This followed his suspension as the vice president by the then president, Robert Mugabe leading to Mnangagwa’s exile to South Africa. It was alleged that Robert Mugabe preferred his wife, Grace Mugabe to succeed him as his age could no more allow him propel the political machine of the country any more.
During his inauguration in November 2017, he promised to reform the economy, end corruption and serve the Zimbabwe citizens. He also promised to conduct elections in 2018 and also called to end EU and US sanctions against Zimbabwe.