President Emmerson Mnangagwa has once again repeated that he blames the MDC Alliance leadership for the death of at least six people who were killed when the army used live bullets to quell a protest by opposition supporters on 1 August. Speaking during Defence Forces Day commemorations at the National Sports Stadium, Mnangagwa said,
I am, however, deeply concerned with the incidents of violence that rocked the streets of Harare at the instigation of some members of the MDC Alliance leadership, which subsequently resulted in the regrettable loss of lives, injury to persons and damage to property. On behalf of government, and, indeed, on my own behalf, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and relatives of the victims of the politically-motivated violence. We strongly condemn these barbaric acts of violence. Let me once again state that violence and intolerance have no place in the new Zimbabwe, in our Second Republic.
Commander of the Defence Forces, General Philip Valerio Sibanda also issued similar sentiments, saying that had it not been for the MDC Alliance, the army would not have shot and killed protesters and bystanders.