The leader of the South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Mr Julius Malema has congratulated President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the people of Zimbabwe for holding a peaceful election witnessed by both local and foreign observers.
Malema also urged the leader of MDC Alliance, Advocate Nelson Chamisa to accept the elections outcome.
Meanwhile, some presidential candidates who contested in the harmonised elections have conceded defeat.
In an interview with journalists in South Africa, Mr Malema said the MDC Alliance leader must accept defeat as the electoral playing field was level.
Meanwhile, People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) presidential candidate Dr Joice Mujuru has conceded defeat after attaining 0,1 percent of the national vote in Monday’s election while none of her candidates won a parliamentary or council seat.
In a statement released on Friday (yesterday), Mujuru said; “Our elections were not fair in as far as our 14 reforms demands were not met by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. These demands would have addressed our concerns on traditional leaders, abuse of state resources and other issues thereof. We, however, recognise and accept the choice of the people of Zimbabwe. We congratulate those who have been elected as councillors, members of parliament, provincial councils and senate. We concede defeat according to the results announced by ZEC and congratulate Zanu PF on winning these elections. We urge peace and restraint among Zimbabweans and remain committed to work with others towards a Zimbabwe we want”.
Another presidential candidate in the 2018 harmonised elections Noah Manyika of Build Zimbabwe Alliance (BZA) has also conceded defeat.
In a statement Manyika urged Zimbabweans to pray for the lord to touch the hearts of those who will lead our country for the next five years so Zimbabweans can have the relief they are due.
His message says; “I want to take this time to thank all of you for being on this journey with me. All the results are in, and the outcome is not what we desired. I wrote in an earlier message that the light of our faith and our character will shine brightest in the darkness of disappointment. That will only happen if this was not just about winning an election. If it was, then our motives would be questionable, and we would not be the leaders God wants for this nation”.
In his congratulatory message to President-elect Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa on twitter, Malawian President Mr Peter Mutharika wrote; “Best wishes Mr President from the president and people of Malawi”.