ZIMBABWE: PRESIDENCY/SABANEWS/6/8/18 SABANews 1
HARARE – President-elect EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE has started to receive congratulatory messages even before his inauguration, possibly this week.
SADC Chairperson and SOUTH AFRICA President CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, who leads the ruling AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, has congratulated ZANU PF for a resounding general elections victory at the month end.
He says the results are an accurate reflection of the will of the people and ZIMBABWEANS should strengthen as well as promote a culture of democracy in their country.
The leader of the SOUTH AFRICAN opposition ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS, JULIUS MALEMA, has also congratulated President-elect MNANGAGWA and calls upon all ZIMBABWEANS to accept the election outcome.
BURUNDI President PIERRE NKURUNZIZA has sent a congratulatory message via TWITTER to President-elect MNANGAGWA following his election.
President JOHN POMBE MAGUFULI of TANZANIA has congratulated President-elect MNANGAGWA after the Electoral Commission declaration of his victory in the presidential election.
Meanwhile, ANGOLAN President JOAO LOURENCO, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation, has commended ZIMBABWE for being exemplary during the general elections.
President-elect MNANGAGWA and his ZANU PF Party have beaten a coalition of SEVEN opposition groups under the MDC ALLIANCE led by NELSON CHAMISA.
Meanwhile, the incoming Head of State has told SKY NEWS he received an envoy from BRITISH Prime Minister THERESA MAY during his inauguration following the ouster of former dictator ROBERT MUGABE.
He says he wishes the people of BRITAIN continue voting for female leaders because former Premier MARGARET THATCHER in 1979 gave ZIMBABWE its independence, before TONY BLAIR spoiled things that Prime Minister MAY is now correcting.
President-elect MNANGAGWA says his government has reengaged the former colonial power and they are rebuilding very strong ties.
The EU has this year observed ZIMBABWE elections for the FIRST time in 16 years, and it has issued a statement saying the votes were competitive.
The group says campaigns was largely peaceful and political there were freedoms during the campaigning, including respect for the freedom of movement, assembly and speech.
Yet it accused the ruling ZANU PF of monopolising State resources, with instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in public media.
The EU says all that was in favour of the ruling party, which means a truly level playing field was not achieved; and the development negatively impacted on the democratic character of the electoral environment.
The UNITED STATES Department of State Spokesperson HEATHER NAUERT has issued a press statement urging political leaders to be noble victors and polite losers, after MDC ALLIANCE Leader NELSON CHAMISA issued threats.
She has condemned the political violence of last WEDNESDAY and extended condolences to families and friends of the people killed after soldiers opened fire on demonstrators and others in the capital, HARARE.
AMERICA says it will continue to review the data collected by its own teams, international missions, and by local observers to make a complete assessment of the overall elections, the most peaceful ZIMBABWE has witnessed since independence in 1980./Sabanews/cam