August 1 shootings Commission report released


Harare – The commission of inquiry set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to investigate violence that rocked Harare on August 1 has completed its report and yesterday presented an executive summary to the country’s leader.

Spokesperson of the former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe headed commission, John Masuku confirmed that the report was out and an executive summary already presented to Mnangagwa.

“Today (Thursday) the commission presented to the president what we call an executive summary while the complete report will be presented this Saturday. In short yes the report is complete but we have sent it to government printers for printing and binding and it shall be presented to the president and public this Saturday,” Masuku said.

The seven member commission was sworn in Mnangagwa on September 19, 2018 and was given three months to come up with a report on the violence that occurred in the Harare on August 1 leading to the death of six civilians.

Other members are: UK based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon, former Commonwealth Secretary General and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Tanzania Defence Forces Chief General Davis Mwamunyange, UZ Dean of Political Science Professor Charity Manyeruke, UZ Constitutional Law lecturer and NCA leader Professor Lovemore Madhuku as well as former President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe Mrs Vimbai Nyemba.

The last hearings were held on Tuesday with Zanu PF represented by its secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu tabling their side of the story.

Mpofu took to the witness stand as a former Home Affairs minister and alleged that hired snipers could have been responsible for the death of six civilians on August 1, exonerating the military.

On Monday the MDC Alliance led by Nelson  Chamisa and Tendai Biti appeared before the commission which has a mandate to unravel what and who caused the violence that rocked Harare on August 1.

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