COMMISSION NOW SET UP TO PROBE POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE

ZIMBABWE: VIOLENCE/SABANEWS/30/8/18 SABANews 1

HARARE – ZIMBABWE has appointed a team of SEVEN world prominent persons to investigate the violence in which SIX people were killed this month in the capital, HARARE.

British Premier Theresa May (Pic. Sky News)

Former President KGALEMA MOTLANTHE of SOUTH AFRICA and his colleagues will be under the watchful eyes of BRITAIN and the rest of the world as they probe the horrific event that brought the city to a halt on ONE AUGUST.

The Commission of Inquiry into Zimbabwe Post-election Violence (Pic. The Herald)

President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA has assembled respected minds from his country, the SADC Region, as well as from AFRICA, the COMMONWEALTH, and the UNITED KINGDOM – the former colonial power.

There are TWO Professors, CHARITY MANYERUKE and LOVEMORE MADHUKU from the University of ZIMBABWE, and LAW SOCIETY OF ZIMBABWE Former President VIMBAI NYEMBA.

From the SADC Region, the former SOUTH AFRICAN Head of State is with the former Chief of Defence Forces of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, Retired General DAVIS MWAMUNYANGE.

The THIRD COMMONWEALTH Secretary General and NIGERIAN politician, Chief EMEKA ANYAOKU, is also on the commission, the FIRST of its kind in the history of the country.

The SEVENTH member of the team is UNITED KINGDOM Queen’s Counsel Member RODNEY DIXON, a lawyer practicing from the TEMPLE GARDEN Chambers in LONDON and in THE HAGUE, home to the UN International Court of Justice.

President MNANGAGWA says he has set up the Commission of Inquiry to fulfil what he had pledged to do, to address the sensitive matter in a transparent manner and in the interest of the public.

The commissioners are going to inquire into the circumstances leading to the violence, identify actors and their leaders, the motive, and the strategies they employed, as well as other vital issues.

They will probe the intervention by the ZIMBABWE Republic Police in the maintenance of law and order, and investigate the circumstances that demanded involvement of the military.

The team will consider whether, or not, the degree of force was appropriate to the arising threat to public safety, as well as to law and order; and ascertain the extent of damage or injury resulting in the process.

Before they make recommendations, the commissioners have room to investigate any other matters they may deem suitable and relevant to the inquiry.

The Commission will hand over its final report to the ZIMBABWEAN Head of State within THREE months after their swearing-in, which will be soon after the Forum on CHINA-AFRICA Cooperation next week./Sabanews/cam