President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended his condolences to the families of the three people who were gunned down on Wednesday after the army was deployed into the city centre to break up protests. The president has said that he has called for an independent investigation after the army used live bullets on opposition protesters who had turned rowdy and violent. Said Mnangagwa on Twitter,
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s violence. All human life is sacred, and their deaths are a tragedy, irrespective of the circumstances. I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to all those injured in yesterday’s events.
They, alongside the families of the victims, are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. The most important thing for us now is to move beyond yesterday’s tragic events, and to move forward, together.
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I am therefore calling for an independent investigation into what occurred in Harare yesterday. We believe in transparency and accountability, and those responsible should be identified and brought to justice.
It is also more important than ever that we are united, and commit to settling our differences peacefully and respectfully, and within the confines of the law.
We have been in communication with Nelson Chamisa to discuss how to immediately diffuse the situation, and we must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear.
Together, we must lead by example and show all Zimbabweans that peace is paramount. This land is home to all of us, and we will sink or swim together.
The president had received criticism from some quarters for his initial statement which only apportioned blame but did not talk about the victims.