Speaking at a press conference, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general Victor Matemadanda has said that there is no way anyone can claim responsibility for the bullets which killed civilians. Matemadanda was referring to the use of live bullets by the military to disperse MDC Alliance protesters. At least seven people died after being. Said Matemadanda,
I don’t want to answer you in the way I would have answered you, because I am a soldier. Noone can claim responsibility of a bullet. How do you know that it is my bullet or your bullet that kills an enemy? Can you tell me? Because a bullet is not a thing that moves one km a minute. Flash. How can you say so and so killed? When people came into the streets prepared for violence. Do you know what they were carrying?…No soldier can claim the responsibility of a bullet because you cannot follow it to see that its this bullet that came from this gun which killed a person. So I don’t want to answer this one
…If America puts sanctions for what happened, referring to what happened on August 1, why did they ignore the massive Marikana Massacre on people that were running on the streets? I don’t want to talk about (the) people who died on August 1 because I don’t know whether they were participants or they were just caught on crossfire.