Zimbabwe to hold elections in July, says Mnangagwa

Henrietta Strickland
March 19, 2018

Presidential polls are due by the end of August, when Mnangagwa will face his first major test after taking over from long-time strongman Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November after four decades in office.

Mnangagwa said the companies and individuals had ignored the amnesty and he had no other option but to publish their names "and, where necessary, to ensure that those responsible for such illict financial flows are brought to justice".

This came out of the meeting held by Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa when they met in Harare this evening.

Mnangagwa, 75, said the elections would be free of the violence that gripped previous polls and which was one of the reasons for strained relations between Zimbabwe and the West.

Mnanaggwa will have to announce a date in an official notice.

"Baba (father) did not want to put pen to paper, in fact it was me who urged him to resign for the sake of peace because Baba did not want to", Grace Mugabe said, in comments carried by the private NewsDay.

Phillipe Van Damme, EU's head of mission in Zimbabwe, told the Sunday Mail it would meet the president, political party leaders, and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

"I say it was a coup d'etat - some people have refused to call it a coup d'etat", said Mugabe referring to the brief takeover by the army which led to Emmerson Mnangagwa assuming power after Mugabe's resignation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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