MDC Alliance principal and former minister of finance Tendai Biti has said that he believes that President Emmerson Mnangagwa was not responsible for the deployment of the army which resulted in the deaths of 6 civilians. The soldiers used lived bullets to quell demonstrations by opposition supporters which had turned violent. Biti said the deployment of soldiers was likely the work of the military which wanted to show that it was in charges. Speaking at a press conference, Biti said,
What the military were reminding everyone including the international community yesterday was that they are fully and totally in charge, not Emmerson Mnangagwa. I don’t think he had anything to do with what happened yesterday, but the military.