By Paul Nyathi|The death toll from the violent protests that emerged in Harare on Wednesdays has increased to three.
The state broadcaster, the ZBC says the three people were shot dead after the military swept into the capital to disperse opposition supporters protesting Monday’s election results.
At Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, family members wept in the emergency room where one body lay on a stretcher. Ignatius Neshava identified him as 42-year-old Ishmeil Kumeni, a street vendor caught in the crossfire.
Brighton Chizhande, chairman of the Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights, says they have confirmed one death from a gunshot wound near the heart and they are following up reports of four others killed.
He says the injured include people with deep wounds in the shoulder and in the buttocks and one person with a “gunshot wound to the penis.”
Police spokesperson Charity Charamba has caked called on people missing a relative to go to Parirenyatwa Hospital to check for their beloved amongst the dead.
Charamba warned the population that the police has invited the army to give them reinforcement as the security situation deteriorates in the country.
Charamba warned people to stay away from the Harare Central Business District.