The United States Embassy in Harare says it is deeply concerned by events unfolding in Harare.
“We urge leaders of all parties to call for calm from members of their respective parties,” the embassy said in the face of massive protests from opposition supporters that gripped the capital.
They burned down the ruling party Zanu-PF’s provincial offices and vehicles of government officials.
The US further urged the Defense Forces of Zimbabwe to use restraint in dispersing protestors after government deployed tanks and soldiers on the streets.
Zimbabwe Police confirmed three people have died and scores others have been injured as soldiers tried to quell the riots.
Zimbabwe has an historic opportunity to move the country towards a brighter future for all its citizens. Violence cannot be a part of that process, US embassy noted.
Earlier, the opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa declared victory even before the official results had been released by the electoral body.
“THANK YOU ZIMBABWE …I’m humbled by the support you have given to me as a Presidential Candidate. We have won the popular vote. You voted for total Change in this past election! We have won this one together. No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL #Godisinit,” said Chamisa, the President MDC, Lawyer, Legislator (MP).
He said Zimbabwe electoral commission [Zec] seeks to release results to buy time and reverse the people’s presidential election victory.
“The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results. We’ve more votes than ED. We won the popular vote and will defend it!” he maintained.
He insisted: “Victory is ours! Long winding queues in most parts of Harare. There seems to be a deliberate attempt to suppress and frustrate the Urban vote. Good turnout but the people’s will being negated & undetermined due to these deliberate & unnecessary delays. We are in because #Godisinit.”
The U.S. Department of State: Bureau of African Affairs had declared support for the Zimbabwean people’s desire to determine their future via a free, fair, and credible election.
Assistant SecretaryNagy spoke with President Mnangagwa and the MDC Alliance’s presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa.
Both reiterated their commitment to a democratic and peaceful election.
The world is watching this watershed moment in Zimbabwe’s history with hope that it will put the country on a much better path, more capable of achieving its full potential.