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A journey into Zimbabwe 2018 poll, post election crisis.

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Taking a look back at the July 30 harmonized election in Zimbabwe, the first after the over three decade reign of the revolutiobary turned Prime Mister; Robert Mugabe.

The election date was announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who took over from the deposed president Mugabe in a November 2017 military take over.



Aside the election of a president, voters were also to vote for lawmakers and for councillors. At the end of proceedings: Emmerson Mnangagwa secured a five-year term in a pool of over twenty candidates whiles Zanu-PF got a two-thirds majority in the legislature.

Tension was however building in the case of presidential results. ZEC, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s failure to release results coupled with opposition claims of tampering built up tension in opposition strongholds.

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A subsequent protest in the capital, Harare, threatened to get out of hand amid burning of tyres and the destruction of property. The police eventually called on the army to help bring the situation under control.

After the initial results declaration, and in the face of an opposition challenge, government agreed to postpone the swearing in of Mnangagwa. The Constitutional Court’s judgment being the final appeal stage of poll petition cleared the way for a swearing in ceremony.

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on August 26 for his first of possible two five-year tenures. He takes over officially from Robert Gabriel Mugabe, his former boss. It remains to be seen what Mugabe’s future is with the ruling Zanu-PF.

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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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