2 Aug 2018

Violence breaks out in Zimbabwe after election

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 2 August 2018

Violence has broken out on the streets of the Zimbabwean capital Harare following this week's parliamentary and presidential elections - the first since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted last year. The unrest started after the Zimbabwe Election Commission released results showing the ruling ZANU-PF Party had won a two-thirds majority in parliament. That led supporters of the opposition MDC and its leader Nelson Chamisa onto the streets, claiming he had won the popular vote in the presidential race which has not yet been announced. They began burning tyres in the streets and then attacked riot police who responded with tear gas and water-cannon. At least three people have been killed and the Army has been deployed. We talk to correspondent Columbus Mavhunga in Harare