Stone-throwing opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters accused the ruling ZANU-PF party of rigging the elections even before the final results had been released. They took the law into their hands instead of waiting for the results to be released and contest it in a court, as the constitution says.
However, MDC’s leader was no where to be found on the streets.
In a video statement, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the MDC-Alliance leadership should be held accountable for the violence that rocked Harare’s central business district (CBD) yesterday, which was meant to disrupt a peaceful electoral process that was about to come to an end.
Addressing journalists at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare last night, the President urged MDC-Alliance leaders to remove their violent supporters from the streets.
Protests started early on Wednesday after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) released results showing that ZANU-PF won most seats in parliament.
Police fired tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators, mostly young men, who lit fires and threw stones at the gates of the country's election result center.
ZANU-PF, which has been in power since the southern African country gained independence in 1980, won 145 seats in the 210-seat parliament, while MDC picked up 60 seats.
The National Patriotic Front (NPF) won one seat while an independent candidate also picked up a seat.
Results for three constituencies in Harare are yet to be released.
With these results, ZANU-PF has won a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the Constitution at will.