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Zimbabwe's opposition MDC postpones mock inauguration following cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC postpones mock inauguration following cholera outbreak

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<p><strong>Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader has postponed plans for a mock inauguration on Saturday following a police ban on public gatherings as the country battles to contain a cholera outbreak that has killed 26 people.</strong> </p> <p>Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (<span class="caps">MDC</span>), says he was cheated of victory by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the July 30 election, the first since Robert Mugabe was removed in a coup last November.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Zimbabwe?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Zimbabwe</a> opposition postpones <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chamisa?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Chamisa</a> ‘inauguration’: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MovementforDemocraticChange?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MovementforDemocraticChange</a> (<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MDC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MDC</a>) has postponed the mock inauguration of its opposition leader, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NelsonChamisa?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NelsonChamisa</a>, following a cholera outbreak that has killed around 26 people. <a href="https://t.co/IwkyxlsRB9">pic.twitter.com/IwkyxlsRB9</a></p>— Stream Africa (@Stream_Africa) <a href="https://twitter.com/Stream_Africa/status/1040597819193733127?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Chamisa’s critics accuse him of trying to copy Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who took a symbolic presidential oath in a challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta in January. </p> <p>The mock swearing-in was set to coincide with the MDC’s 19th anniversary rally at a stadium in Highfield township, which is near Glenview in Harare, the epicentre of the cholera outbreak.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Zimbabwe?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Zimbabwe</a>‘s opposition leader Chamisa postpones mock inauguration ceremony following police ban <a href="https://t.co/z6M44z3nap">https://t.co/z6M44z3nap</a> μέσω του χρήστη <a href="https://twitter.com/News24?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>News24</a></p>— Kostas Lanaras (</code>jokraniareflex1) <a href="https://twitter.com/jokraniareflex1/status/1040591302029705217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“The anniversary rally will go ahead at a later date to be advised and the venue will remain the same, Gwanzura stadium,” the <span class="caps">MDC</span> said.</p> <p>Nearly 4,000 people have been infected with cholera, which has been declared a health emergency in Harare.</p> <p>Zimbabwe’s new Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has set up an emergency crowd fund to raise money to fight the outbreak.</p> <p>The World Health Organization and the Red Cross said on Thursday they were ramping up their emergency response to Zimbabwe’s deadliest cholera outbreak in a decade, with politicians trading blame over contaminated water and collapsing infrastructure. </p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></em></strong></p>

The anniversary rally will go ahead at a later date to be advised and the venue will remain the same, Gwanzura stadium.

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