President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he has been in talks with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to discuss how to immediately diffuse the situation following violent clashes in which police say three people were killed while the private media says as many as six people could have been killed.
Violence broke out in Harare yesterday and police, claiming they did not have enough manpower as police had been deployed to polling stations, asked the assistance of the army which brought in tanks into the streets of the capital.
“We have been in communication with Nelson Chamisa to discuss how to immediately diffuse the situation, and we must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear,” Mnangagwa said on his twitter handle.
“Together, we must lead by example and show all Zimbabweans that peace is paramount. This land is home to all of us, and we will sink or swim together.
“It is also more important than ever that we are united, and commit to settling our differences peacefully and respectfully, and within the confines of the law. “
Mnangagwa whose party has already secured a two-thirds majority in the national assembly said he was calling an independent investigation into what happened in Harare yesterday.
“We believe in transparency and accountability, and those responsible should be identified and brought to justice,” he said.
“I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s violence. All human life is sacred, and their deaths are a tragedy, irrespective of the circumstances. I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to all those injured in yesterday’s events.”
He also tweeted: “I implore all political and community leaders to utter these words loudly and clearly to all those who follow them – ‘Seek Peace and Pursue it!’”.