by Rudo Saungweme
Its business as usual after President E.D Mnangagwa`s proclaimed victory in the July 30 presidential harmonised elections.
Although the MDC Alliance had promised commotion after losing, the country is peaceful in all parts of Zimbabwe.
Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) President, Denford Mutashu said, “As retailers, we believe that the top issue facing our great nation the day after the election is the same as it was the day before the election, the economy. It is, therefore, no surprise that the economy is top on the minds of consumers who are also voters, as it determines their income and spending fate. If these harmonised elections have taught us anything, it is the importance of focusing on policies and programmes that not only benefit today`s economy but the economy of the future.”
Zanu PF Presidential candidate, Emmerson Mnangagwa won with 50.8 percent with 2 460 463 total votes whilst MDC Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa trailed with 44.3 percent which is 2 147 436 votes. Zanu PF got an overwhelming parliamentary majority with 145 of the available 210 seats.
Zimbabwe had a new presidential candidate after 38 years under the rule of Robert Mugabe. Zimbabweans are so happy to have a new leader who is up to deliver.
Vendors in the streets showed that they are happy with the election results as they can now operate freely without demonstrations from the MDC Alliance. One of the vendors in the streets, Yeukai Chisvo said, “We are so happy with President Mnangagwa`s victory because we can now operate in a peaceful environment because, of late, our business operations were jeopardized by the MDC Alliance demonstrations which forced us to join their demonstrations, crippling our business operations in the process.”
A few hours before ZEC announced the presidential results, MDC Alliance unleashed violence, but the situation had to go back to normal because Zimbabweans are a peaceful lot and they had adhered to what they were told by the international community to maintain peace before and after the election results.