OVERVIEW: Uneasy silence in Harare streets after Zimbabwe's military moves in, guns firing

2018-08-01 17:40

Zimbabweans are eagerly awaiting the results of the presidential election after the ruling Zanu-PF party won the majority of seats in parliament. Follow the live update here


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01 Aug 18:06
Watch this video of the moment when MDC supporters started protesting in capital Harare.

01 Aug 17:41

An uneasy silence is settling over Zimbabwe's capital after people fled military and other security forces firing live ammunition to break up opposition protests over Monday's election results.

At least one person was killed.

Soldiers are stationed at intersections in Harare as the sun begins to set.

Hundreds of angry opposition supporters had gathered outside the compound of the electoral commission before scattering as the military moved in.

The violence came shortly after Western election observers urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible and warned that a delay could lead to "volatility".

01 Aug 17:28

Reports on social media say there will be a government on @ZBCNewsonline on the unrest in Harare

01 Aug 17:26
Here is a video of the MDC supporters before they were dispersed by the military and riot police in Harare.

01 Aug 17:14
SABC is quoting the Zimbabwe Electoral commission as saying that the results of the heavily disputed presidential election will be released on Thursday.

01 Aug 17:12
See this picture gallery of Zimbabwe soldiers and police clashing with MDC protesters P over alleged fraud in the country's election.

01 Aug 17:04
Nelson Chamisa has tweeted, thanking his supporters for voting for him. He maintains that he has won the election.

01 Aug 17:00
WATCH this video of cars burning in Harare.

01 Aug 16:58
"Those same tankers 'we' celebrated last year in November are being used against us," says one shocked Zimbabwean after armed troops moved into the capital to disperse opposition protests over disputed election results.

01 Aug 16:57

Zimbabwean soldiers are occupying intersections in Harare and a military helicopter flies overhead.

People scatter as armored vehicles speed by with sirens wailing.

"They are killing us," a man shouts.Some protesters threw bricks into a main road with a military truck parked nearby, then ran when police trucks with water cannon raced toward them.

This is the first time Zimbabwe's military has been on the streets of Harare since the removal of longtime leader Robert Mugabe in November. At the time the military was met with cheers and selfies. - AP

01 Aug 16:38

SA's Zizi Kodwa has just tweeted that "Nelson Chamisa must be held accountable for reckless inflammatory and reckless statements" which have "now led to eruption of violent protests in Harare."

01 Aug 16:31

A man lies on the ground after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election.

The man died after being shot in the stomach, an AFP photographer said, confirming that he died at the scene. (AFP)

01 Aug 16:29

A Zimbabwean soldier beats a man in a street of Harare as protests erupts over alleged fraud in the country's election.

One man was shot dead, AFP witnessed, after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for peace. - AFP

01 Aug 16:23
A top Zanu-PF official has tweeted a a video of cars burning in capital Harare. He says  "anarchists whose pre-occupation is power at any cost" are responsible for the violence currently taking place in the southern African country.

01 Aug 16:20
BBC is reporting that an election banner with the face of  President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been removed in Harare by supporters of opposition presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa.

01 Aug 16:16
Sky News has tweeted a video of people taking cover after multiple shots were heard in Harare.

01 Aug 16:13

"Don't direct the politics with guns. Please, we are begging you," Zimbabweans are pleading as armed security forces are on the streets of the capital and sporadic gunshots are heard.

Live video by The Associated Press from Harare shows smoke rising from burning vehicles and opposition supporters scattering after they protested alleged manipulation in Monday's election.

Election observers from the European Union and United States urge that results of the presidential vote be released as soon as possible to avoid "volatility". - AP

01 Aug 16:11
An eNCA journalist has tweeted a video of an army helicopter in Harare.

01 Aug 16:09
A British Financial Times newspaper journalist has tweeted that 'masked soldiers are beating up people' in Harare.

01 Aug 16:02

One man was shot dead, AFP witnessed, after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare on Wednesday as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election.

The man died after being shot in the stomach, an AFP photographer said, confirming that he died at the scene. - AFP

01 Aug 16:00
A social media user has shared a video of an army truck heading to the centre of Harare.

01 Aug 15:54

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters clash with anti-riot police outside Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party won most seats in parliament, official results showe, as the opposition MDC protested against alleged widespread fraud and the count continued in the key presidential race. (AFP)

01 Aug 15:49
Armed troops on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital try to disperse opposition protesters. - AP

01 Aug 15:40
Stanley Kwenda of BBC says sharp and loud gun sounds can be heard in the capital Harare

01 Aug 15:38

263Chat is tweeting that a Zanu-PF bus has been set ablaze by MDC supporter at a bus terminus in Harare as tempers remain high

01 Aug 15:35
WATCH these visuals by BBC's Stanley Kwenda of hotel guests scouring for cover at a hotel in Harare as chaos continues.

01 Aug 15:33

WATCH this video posted by BBC's Stanley Kwenda of the police moving to disperse crowds in Harare.


01 Aug 15:25

President Mnangagwa has just tweeted and called on the people of Zimbabwe to "demonstrate patience and maturity".

"At this crucial time, I call on everyone to desist from provocative declarations and statements. We must all demonstrate patience and maturity, and act in a way that puts our people and their safety first. Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace."

01 Aug 15:21

From AFP:

Zimbabwe police on Wednesday fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters outside the electoral results headquarters in Harare, an AFP correspondent witnessed, as tensions erupted over alleged fraud in the election.

Officers had been facing off through a locked gate against protesters who brandished opposition party banners, lit fires and chanted slogans against the ruling Zanu-PF party.

01 Aug 15:15

Zimbabwean anti riot police officers stand guard and close the gate of the Rainbow Towers where the election's results were announced, as supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) protest against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority and ruling party, in Harare.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party won the most seats in parliament, official results showed on August 1, 2018, but EU observers criticised the Zimbabwe elections for being held on an "un-level playing field". (AFP)

01 Aug 15:12
Supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), tear up ballot booths as they demand results of general election in Harare, Zimbabwe. (AFP)

01 Aug 15:09
Chaotic scenes in Harare as police fire teargas at protesters

01 Aug 15:02
BBC's Shingai Nyoka says that the situation in Harare is "taking a turn for the worse. Road to results centre burning barricades". 

01 Aug 14:58

01 Aug 14:55
BBC's Pierce Scholfield says tension is building up outside the results centre

01 Aug 14:53
Helen Zille has tweeted about the Zimbabwe election

01 Aug 14:51

The candidate for Zimbabwe’s main opposition party accused the ruling Zanu-PF of trying to steal a presidential and parliamentary election on Wednesday after official figures gave President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s party a majority in parliament.

Nelson Chamisa (40 and Mnangagwa (75) were the main contenders in Monday’s election, the first since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after a de facto coup in November after nearly 40 years in power. - City Press

01 Aug 14:48

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it will say "sometime tomorrow" when it can start announcing the results of the presidential election.

The commission has five days from Monday's election to announce the results. It says "most of the presidential results are here with us" but that agents from all 23 candidates have to verify the results first.

The opposition has accused the commission of delaying the announcement, and the European Union observer mission has wondered openly why the presidential results were the first counted but the last to be shared publicly. - AP

01 Aug 14:32

01 Aug 14:31
BBC reports that the announcement of the presidential vote results has not been made as representatives of some of the 2s candidates failed to pitch up to verify the results.

01 Aug 14:21
"The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [Priscilla Chigumba] says the agents of the 23 presidential candidates are still sifting through and verifying the V11 forms. As a result, presidential results will take longer to announce, " - according to a Zimbabwean journalist.

01 Aug 14:14

EU observers on Wednesday criticised the Zimbabwe elections for being held on an "un-level playing field" as the opposition MDC protested against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority and ruling party.

The EU mission found an "improved political climate, but (an) un-level playing field and lack of trust in the process," it said in a statement.

"Observers reported... efforts to undermine the free expression of the will of the electors through inducements, soft intimidation, pressure and coercion against prospective voters to try to ensure a vote in favour of the ruling party," added EU chief observer Elmar Brok at a press conference.

"While political rights were largely respected, there was concerns regarding the environment for the polls (and) the misuse of state resources." - AFP

01 Aug 14:11
Johnnie Carson - former US Assistant Secretary of State says the election fell short of what was needed.

01 Aug 14:03
"Longer it takes for #Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release presidential election, the more credibility is lost" - EU chief observer

01 Aug 14:02
A Zimbabwean journalist says that Zanu-PF's legitimacy will not be faulted after "SADC, African Union and Comesa observer teams say the Zimbabwean election was largely free and fair".

01 Aug 13:59
Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa is tweeting that the gate to the national results centre has been locked.

01 Aug 13:31
Earlier - Anti riot police officers in a vehicle arrive to secure the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) headquarters in Harare. (AFP)

01 Aug 13:26

The European Union observer mission says "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in Zimbabwe's election as the country awaits the results of the presidential vote.

The EU mission points out the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behavior by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media" but says Monday's election was largely peaceful in a break from the past.

The assessments of Western and other observers, many who returned to Zimbabwe after being barred for nearly two decades, are crucial in the possible lifting of international sanctions on this southern African nation. - AP

01 Aug 13:21

01 Aug 13:20
Here is a preliminary statement by the European Union following the just ended Zimbabwe elections

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