Zimbabwe opposition leader claims victory says winning election ‘resoundingly
Harare, July 31, 2018 (Altafrica)-Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said on Tuesday told AFP he was “winning resoundingly” as votes were counted in the first election since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.
Chamisa, who has raised allegations of voter fraud during the campaign, said that his MDC party had results from 10 000 polling stations.
Winning resoundingly…We now have results from the majority of the over 10 000 polling stations. We’ve done exceedingly well. Awaiting ZEC to perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people’s election results and we are ready to form the next gvt.#Godisinit
— Nelson Chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) July 31, 2018
“Winning resoundingly… We’ve done exceedingly well,” he said on Twitter after the landmark vote on Monday, adding “We are ready to form the next (government).”
Counting had continued through the night after a strong turnout in Zimbabwe’s first election without Mugabe, who was ousted by the military last year after 37 years in office.
meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper is harshly criticizing main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on election day, calling him a proxy for former leader Robert Mugabe and rejecting his claims to represent change.
The front-page commentary follows Sunday’s remarks by the 94-year-old Mugabe that he would not vote for his former deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa and that Chamisa is the only viable candidate.
Chamisa has said he’ll accept the vote of Mugabe or any other Zimbabwean, saying it’s not his role to discriminate.
Mugabe was forced to resign in November after a military takeover and a ruling Zanu-PF party move to impeach him, just weeks after he fired the 75-year-old Mnangagwa in a ruling party feud.