By Daniel Chigundu
ZANU PF Presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa won the 2018 harmonised election after garnering 50.8% votes against Nelson Chamisa’s 44.3%.
Mnangagwa becomes the second President of the Republic of Zimbabwe following the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November last year through Operation Restore Legacy.
According to ZEC, the Zanu PF candidate got 2 460 463 votes, while top rival Chamisa was close at 2 147 436.
In terms of provinces, MDC Alliance won Harare, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Manicaland, while Zanu PF got Masvingo, Mashonaland East, Matabeleland South, Mashonaland Central, Midlands, and Mashonaland West.
To his credit, Mnangagwa also got a two-thirds majority in Parliament after winning 145 seats in the National Assembly, while MDC Alliance got 63, National Patriotic Front 1 seat and independent Temba Mliswa got 1 as well to make it 210 of the contested directly contested seats.
Chamisa, who did well especially after being thrust in into the fray following the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, is disputing the results arguing that he won the election.