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Emmerson Mnangagwa - Political News in Zimbabwe

In an apparent effort at soothing those rifts, Mnangagwa, 75, said: “To Nelson Chamisa, I want to say: you have a crucial role to play in Zimbabwe’s present and its unfolding future. Let us both call for peace and unity in our land.”

But Chamisa, 40, told reporters Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu-PF had authorised the army crackdown on opposition supporters because it knew it had lost the election, the first since the army removed 94-year-old Mugabe from office in November.Read More →

Nelson Chamisa - Zimbabwe News in Politics

After casting his ballot in the central city of Kwekwe, Mnangagwa was asked about Mugabe’s claim that the vote wouldn’t be free since it was being run by a “military government”.

“I can assure you that this country is enjoying democratic space which has never been experienced before,” Mnangagwa told public television outside the polling booth. Read More →

Robert Mugabe - Zimbabwe News

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in November, said on Sunday that he would not vote for his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa in the presidential election.

“For the first time ever we have now a long list of aspirants to power,” Mugabe said at his Blue Roof private residence in the capital Harare on the eve of the vote. “I cannot vote for those who tormented me … I will make my choice among the other 22 [candidates], but it is a long list.”Read More →

Emmerson Mnangagwa - ZIMBABWE NEWS HEADLINE

Zimbabwe goes to the polls on Monday in its first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted last year, with allegations mounting of voter fraud and predictions of a disputed result.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former ally in the ruling ZANU-PF party, faces opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) party in a landmark vote for the southern African nation.Read More →

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“They removed Comrade Mugabe using military force. We should show them that the ballot box is supreme to the gun,” thundered Phionah Riekert, a 31-year-old loyalist of Mugabe and his wife, Grace. Youths and elderly women punctuated her campaign speech with song, dance and the beating of drums.

“We cannot abandon Mugabe. He is our hero, he gave us this land. But we cannot leave ZANU-PF, so the best thing we can do is not to talk about him,” the 58-year-old Mugarati said.Read More →

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa escapes bomb blast during campaign rally.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa escaped injury in an explosion at a political rally on Saturday, and vowed the “cowardly act” would not derail Zimbabwe’s first election since the ouster of former strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe loyalist installed after the army ousted his erstwhile patron, said the object had “exploded a few inches away from me, but it is not my time.” Read More →

Nelson Chamisa - Zimbabwe News in Politics

Nelson Chamisa is banking on sympathy for Tsvangirai, a prominent figure who challenged Mugabe and later joined a troubled coalition with him. Without Tsvangirai the MDC-T party has now fractured, with some violence. “Tsvangirai has been our best foot forward. He had a lot of goodwill and I am inheriting all the positives. We are simply harvesting,” Nelson Chamisa said.Read More →