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Zimbabwe Election 2018: Who Will Win Zimbabwe Election? Who Is The President?

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Zimbabweans have headed to the polls today in the first election since long-time president Robert Mugabe was ousted last year. So who will win and who is the current president?

Zimbabweans hope this watershed vote will serve to breathe life back into the economy and improve the country’s global standing.

The country’s founding president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup last year, after a four-decade repressive rule riddled with corruption, diplomatic isolation and accusations of war crimes.

Once one of Africa’s most promising economies, Zimbabwe was plunged into crisis which resulted in unprecedented poverty across the nation.

The main contenders in today’s election are current president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over after the coup, and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Polls give Mr Mnangagwa, and his ruling Zanu-PF party, a narrow lead over Mr Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance.

Mr Mnangagwa is nicknamed ‘The Crocodile’ for his political cunning and is hoping for the election to legitimise his hold on power.

Mr Chamisa, 40, could become Zimbabwe’s youngest ever president if elected.

Former president Mr Mugabe, 94, during a surprise press conference on Sunday, indicated support for Mr Chamisa rather than back the man who ousted him.

He said: “I cannot vote for those who tormented me. ”I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality.”

Mr Chamisa, a pastor who became an MP at 25, has promised to rebuild Zimbabwe’s failed economy.

However, he has been criticised for making unrealistic promises, such as the introduction of a high-speed bullet train and bringing the Olympics to Zimbabwe.

Mr Mnangagwa has responded to Mr Mugabe’s support of the opposition, saying: “It is clear to all that Chamisa has forged a deal with Mugabe, we can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation.”

Mr Mnangagwa has survived numerous assassination attempts since coming to power, which he blames on supporters of Mr Mugabe.

He has pledged to boost the economy, woo foreign investors and create jobs.

However, Mr Mnangagwa is associated with some of the worst atrocities committed under his former boss, Mr Mugabe, during his time at the helm of Zanu-PF.

He was heavily involved in the country’s 1980s civil conflict, in which thousands of civilians were slaughtered, though he denies any involvement in the massacres.

About 5.5 million people have registered to vote today and almost half of those are under 35.

Long lines of voters have gathered outside polling stations in the cities as well as rural areas.

After an exciting moment for Zimbabweans when the Mugabe era ended last year, voters now have the opportunity to take their country’s future in their own hands.

Voters will not only vote for a new president today, they will also elect an MP and councillor.

Results are expected to start coming in throughout the course of the night but Zimbabwean law allows five days before results are announced.

 

Daily express

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Rwanda Government Critic Diane Rwigara Acquitted

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Diane Rwigara is a prominent critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame

A Rwandan court in the capital, Kigali, has acquitted government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother of charges of inciting insurrection and forgery.

Ms Rwigara was imprisoned for over a year, after being barred from running in presidential elections against the long-standing incumbent Paul Kagame and the 37-year-old opposition leader faced up to 22 years in prison for charges she said were politically motivated.

A three-judge panel told a packed room all the charges were “baseless”. Since her arrest, Ms Rwigara’s family have been subject to interrogations and their family assets forcibly auctioned. “I am very happy with the verdict,” said Ms Rwigara,who has been out on bail since October. “I am continuing with my political journey because there’s still a lot that needs to be done in our country.”

During the hearings, the businesswoman asserted that Rwanda’s economy was mainly controlled by the governing party’s elite. “Everything I talked about in the past has not been resolved. There are still many political prisoners in the country,” she told journalists after the high court ruling.

Ms Rwigara has repeatedly accused President Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his party’s unyielding grip on power since it assumed control after the country’s civil war and it’s a big win for the young opposition leader. Diane Rwigara always maintained that the accusations against her were politically motivated.US politicians and human rights advocates urged the court to drop the charges and it did, citing lack of evidence.

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War Is Wasteful, You Can’t Develop – Museveni Lectures Kiir And Machar On New Peace Agreement

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President Museveni has thanked South Sudan president Salva Kiir and his colleague Riek Machar for leading the people of South Sudan into a new journey of peace by signing a peace deal.

The President, through his Facebook page this morning said that the grinding stone that the people of south Sudan carried for over five years has now been put down.

“Attended the Peace day celebrations in Juba, South Sudan yesterday and like to thank you very much for attending to logic in the end and signing. The grinding stone that the people of South Sudan have been carrying has now been put down. I am sure this is the end of the conflict in South Sudan. War is wasteful. South Sudan has lost a lot of development time. In 2005 during the interim period, Juba was a very small town near the river. Now it has grown wide. If we had not had this war between 2013 – 2015, there would have been even greater development.

Make covenant like the one Israel made with God. War should never be used again to solve political arguments between brothers and sisters. Political arguments can be solved by discussions or free and fair elections. It is ideologically incorrect to use war for an argument. Also make sure state institutions are national to build people’s confidence,” the President said.

He added, “Uganda will continue to support South Sudan as we look forward to the concretization of the truly powerful ceremony as witnessed in Juba yesterday and want on to thank President Bashir who took the last initiative in peace making. I am glad we have done it. I am happy you shunned foreigners who want to establish hegemony over Africa by using weak enemies to divide us. Foreigners wanted South Sudan to become a vacuum like Libya and Somalia. Somalia is now coming up.”

By Remmy Atugonza

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Return Home And Rebuild Your Country – Museveni Tells South Sudanese

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President Museveni has urged South Sudanese in Uganda and abroad to return to their country and embark on the process of rebuilding it.
Mr. Museveni arrived in South Sudan Capital-Juba, ahead of the peace day celebrations following a new peace deal signed between former Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir last month to end conflict. Immediately after landing at the Juba international airport, Mr. Museveni told media that he believes with this peace process, the refugees can return home and participate in rebuilding their country.
“The long South Sudan conflict has had a huge effect on trade and people at large, for our country specifically, export revenue to South Sudan reduced by $500m, while more than a million South Sudanese have sought refuge in Uganda,” he said.

Riek Machar after stepping on South Sudan soil

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba today after more than two years after he fled to the neighbouring Congo when the 2016 peace deal collapsed and invoked fierce fighting that left hundreds of people dead.

He later traveled to South Africa until September this year when him and President Salva Kiir signed a new peace deal in the latest attempt to end the five-year war. Machar is set to be reinstated as vice president under the terms of a recently signed peace agreement.

This will be the first time President Salva Kiir meets former ally turned bitter enemy.

President Museveni being welcomed by South Sudan president Salva Kiir

The two South Sudanese leaders were set to join regional leaders for the ceremony, including the presidents of Sudan and Ethiopia who helped bring about the peace agreement and it was not clear how long Machar would remain in Juba following the peace ceremony as his aides are worried about his safety in the city.

South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar then his deputy of plotting a coup and the conflict has split the country along ethnic lines and seen mass rape, the forced recruitment of child soldiers and attacks on civilians. It has caused one of the world’s deepest humanitarian crises.Several ceasefires and peace agreements have so far failed to end the fighting that has killed an estimated 380,000 people, uprooted a third of the population, forced nearly two-and-a-half million into exile as refugees and triggered bouts of deadly famine.

By Remmy Atugonza

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