HARARE-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe says he welcomes recommendations from the international community following post-election disturbances which rocked Harare last week a few days after the historic July 30 general election.
The international community condemned the deadly violence while also calling on the security forces to refrain from using excessive force to quell demonstrations.
The country's main opposition party, the MDC-Alliance, unleashed violence in the wake of the party's humbling defeat to the ruling Zanu PF party in the parliamentary election, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of six people while several others were injured and property damaged.
The ruling party won 145 out of the 210 seats in the National Assembly while President Emmerson Mnangagwa was re-elected after winning 50.8 per cent of the vote, the absolute majority obviating the need for a run-off.
President Mnangagwa has condemned the violence and has promised to institute an independent probe into the matter. In a statement on his Facebook page, President Mnangagwa said the violence was regrettable and tragic.
There is no place for violence in our society, and allegations of further incidents concern us all. Any claim supported by evidence will be examined and investigations are underway as we seek truth and justice, he said. Recommendations from the international community are welcome and will be implemented. Transparency and accountability remain paramount.
President Mnangagwa said the country had much to learn from the past week. And despite the naysayers, in this new Zimbabwe, freedom will reign.
The international community has also called on the losing parties to use legal channels for recourse instead of violence. United States State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Zimbabwe's effort to deliver an Election Day that was peaceful, and open to international observers, was subsequently marred by violence instigated by the MDC-Alliance.
We encourage all stakeholders and citizens to pursue any grievances peacefully and through established legal channels, and we encourage all political leaders to show magnanimity in victory and graciousness in
defeat, she said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK