By Zimbabwe Digital News and IOL
Zimbabwean police confirmed that the death toll from Wednesday’s pandemonium had risen to three people killed after the army opened fire in central Harare during demonstrations over alleged fraud in the country’s elections.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the unfortunate deaths of three people during the riots and melee which occurred in Harare Central business district,” police spokesperson Charity Charamba told state television.
The US embassy said in a statement: “We urge leaders of all parties to call for calm… We further urge the Defense Forces of Zimbabwe to use restraint in dispersing protesters.” It added it was “deeply concerned” by events in the Zimbabwean capital.
Political analyst Itani Ndlovu said: “I honestly don’t understand why the Zimbabwe military had to use live ammunition? Was it necessary? But at the same time was it necessary for the MDC people to try and force their way into the elections results centre?
“In the first place why call in the army for public disorder. You use the police. Army comes in when there is a war. Just goes to show that Zimbabwe is not a democracy but a military state. I am so disheartened right now. I used to be proud to call myself Zimbabwean. Not after this.
It’s truely a sad day to be a Zimbabwean. The military had no role to play in this, things were going fine absolutely without them. I think that the MDC people pushed their emotions too far. Could they not have allowed the results to be finalised. Why try to force your way into the ZEC elections centre? And especially so when your leaders were saying that they would make the country ungovernable,” Ndlovu said.
The top pictures that capture the commotion
Wither the rainbow
Fire and fury
ZEC in pieces
Showing the finger
Pictures by Reuters, AP and Getty Images
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