Commission opens probe into Zimbabwe post-poll deaths

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Harare – The commission of inquiry appointed by the Zimbabwean government to probe the deadly post-election violence has begun probing the bloodshed.

Following the swearing in of the commission, headed by former South African President, Kgalema Motlanthe, institutions and members of the public have been invited to present their submissions ahead of a public hearing scheduled for the middle of next month.

“Following our swearing-in, we have begun the work of the commission. It is our intention, to begin with public hearings in mid-October this year,” Motlanthe said.

“Between now and then, we will be inviting and expect submissions from institutions and members of the public to reach the secretariat by not later than 12 October 2018.”

Following his election on July 30, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed the six-member commission to probe the protests that led to the military shooting at least six people dead in Harare.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance is blamed for pre-emptying the polls outcome that incited violent protests which marred an otherwise peaceful election process while the military was criticised for its heavy-handed response to the protests.

Other members of the commission are British international law expert, Rodney Dixon, former Commonwealth secretary-general, Emeka Anyaoku (Nigeria), former Tanzania People’s Defence Forces General Davis Mwamunyange, University of Zimbabwe lecturers, Professors Lovemore Madhuku and Charity Manyeruke, and former Law Society of Zimbabwe president, Vimbai Nyemba.

Motlanthe, who led South Africa from 2008 to 2009, said the commission would work “diligently, professionally and in a transparent manner without fear or favour.”

“Ultimately, our goal is to assist the people of Zimbabwe find lasting unity, healing and reconciliation," Motlanthe said.  – CAJ News

 

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