Zanu PF upbeat as Zimbabwe election decision nears

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Deputy president of the breakaway MDC-T party led by Thokozani Khupe, Obert Gutu has conceded the Harare East house of assembly seat to former minister Tendai Biti.

The United Nations and European Union both urged restraint, while Britain, a supporter of the "new" post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, said it was "deeply concerned" by the violence.

Zimbabwe should brace for more investments and mega deals from China after Monday's harmonised elections that were peaceful, head of a Chinese election observer mission to the just-ended elections Mr Liu Guijin said yesterday.

Harare was a ghost town on Thursday following Wednesday's violence, as troops patrolled the city centre ordering people to "behave".

Mnangagwa, a former security chief nicknamed "The Crocodile", offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the crackdown and said those responsible would be brought to justice.

"This land is home to all of us, and we will sink or swim together", Mr Mnangagwa said in a series of tweets.

No violence was reported on Thursday.

Police sources say there are another ten still holed at the offices trying to buy time before their imminent arrest.

Zimbabwe National Army soldiers drive through a street in Harare on Thursday (August 2 2018) to secure safety and to monitor the situation on the day after violent protests in the Zimbabwean capital.

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Sixteen people have been taken to the central Harare Police Station after officers sealed off the office building.

Addressing a campaign rally at the National Sports Stadium on July 28, President Mnangagwa said investment commitments to the country had reached $20 billion since November previous year with majority expected to come to fruition after the harmonised elections.

But Mnangagwa's ruling Zanu-PF suggested the win would be his.

How have foreign powers responded?

In a message to Zimbabwe's politicians, the embassy said there was a "historic opportunity to move the country towards a brighter future".

China, Zimbabwe's main worldwide ally, said it hoped all sides would put the country's interests first following a "generally peaceful and orderly" election.

"Violence can not be part of that process", it added.

What happened after the vote?

The opposition supporters were are also angered by the delay in announcing the presidential results.

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