Mnangagwa wins election and calm restored in Zimbabwe's capital

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared the winner of the 2018 presidential election.

Mnangagwa received 2 460 463 votes, which constitute for 50.8% of the total, while Leader of the opposition Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance (MDC) received 2 147 436 votes, constituting 44.3% of the total.

Mnangagwa has called for peace and unity in Zimbabwe, saying that his election as president signals a new beginning for the country.

CapeTalk's Africa Melane speaks to co-ordinator at Media Alliance of Zimbabwe, Nigel Nyamutumbu to find out the latest in Zimbabwe.

Read: Zimbabwe election results remain highly contentious'

When President Mnangagwa is calling for peace it is in line with the contestation with the MDC. It remains to be seen whether the leadership of the MDC would accept the results but they've already come out to say these results are fake.

Nigel Nyamutumbu, Co-ordinator at Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

The official communication of the results says 50.8%, that could potentially drive the opposition supporters to feel that perhaps the claims of their leader Nelson Chamisa that they have won the elections, there may be some sense of truth in that.

Nigel Nyamutumbu, Co-ordinator at Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

Following reports of unrest in Zimbabwe capital city Harare where a number of people were killed allegedly by the military, Nyamutumbu says the situation is relatively calm.

This morning is still very much calm. It is not like a typical working day where traffic would be moving in volume. It's still relatively calm.

Nigel Nyamutumbu, Co-ordinator at Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

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