Harare – Information, Publicity and Broadcasting deputy minister Energy Mutodi has admitted that army and police killed people in the January 14 protests contradicting earlier reports that thugs had stolen army uniforms to commit the crime.
While responding to former President Robert Mugabe’s comment that the government should not resort to killing people, Mutodi said it was true that a few lost lives in running battles with the police.
Mutodi said it should not be compared with Gukurahundi or the 2008 violence when Mugabe was at the helm.
“We have noted some words of repentance by former President Mugabe saying army must protect not kill.
“True that a few have lost lives in running battles with the police but that cannot compared with Gukurahundi or the 2008 violence when he was at the helm,” he said.
17 people were reportedly killed during the January 14 protests that started after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced new fuel prices prompting Zimbabwe Congress Union to call for a stay away.
However some took to the streets in protests leading to looting and some of the protesters getting killed.
Gukurahundi was a mass killing that happened in the 1980s under former President Robert Mugabe’s rule while President Emmerson Mnangagwa was also in government.
The 2008 election violence also happened while former President Mugabe was in office while President Emmerson Mnangagwa was in government.