Zimbabwe's Chamisa hasn't heard from president

2018-08-02 16:55
Zimbabwe opposition leader and President of The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Nelson Chamisa (File, AFP)

Zimbabwe opposition leader and President of The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Nelson Chamisa (File, AFP)

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Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is harshly criticising what he calls the "violent government" after a military crackdown on his supporters, some of whom were rioting during protests.

Chamisa spoke during a visit to a Harare hospital where some of the injured and three dead were taken after Wednesday's election-related violence in the streets of the capital.

"We have unarmed civilians being attacked," Chamisa said. "Is that normal even in a banana republic?"

He said he has not received any communication from President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has said his government was in touch with Chamisa about calming tensions. Mnangagwa earlier accused the opposition of inciting the violence to disrupt the electoral process.

Chamisa called for calm and again said he is "very confident we are forming the next government."

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