Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner General Godwin Matanga has said that he was in charge of the army units who were deployed in Harare’s city centre on Wednesday to deal with protesters who had turned violent. Matanga said that he had asked for help from the military. However, he denied issuing orders for the soldiers to fire on the protestors. He also said that he did not know who was responsible for the killing of three unarmed civilians as the police were still investigating. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday night, Matanga said,
I’m not yet aware who is responsible for the killings; now you are telling me that the army has killed people. It’s too early for me to say that. I’m still investigating, will respond when the time comes.
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When the voting time started the ZRP deployed 71,000 officers who are still out in their areas of patrol and as we were observing and monitoring the situation I was convinced that with the number of people who were walking the streets it was going to be out of control if I had not invited my colleagues from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF).
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