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… Broker peace in post-election violence

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) is mediating to resolve tensions in the country after accusations of vote-rigging in the country’s presidential election led to outbreaks of violence.
President Mnangagwa, the ZANU-PF candidate, was declared the winner of the first election since President Mugabe resigned after 37 years in office. President Mnangagwa needed 50 per cent to prevent a run-off election and won by 50.8 per cent.
Shortly after his election, President Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter: “Thank you Zimbabwe! I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe. Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams. This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love, and together build a new Zimbabwe for all!”
In the hours after the announcement, however, the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and its candidate Nelson Chamisa, who received 44.3 per cent of the vote, challenged the results.
He wrote on Twitter: “The ZEC [Zimbabwe Electoral Committee] scandal of releasing unverified fake results is regrettable. ZEC denied our election agent access to results before announcement. ZEC must release proper and verified results endorsed by parties. The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay and values deficit is baffling.”
Behind the scenes, the ZCC, which is seen by many observers as the only honest broker in a divided and broken society, has called for a long-table meeting of all parties, under the neutral auspices of the Churches, to deal with Zimbabwe’s deep-rooted problems.

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