President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that he has appointed a 7-member Commission of Inquiry to look into the events which took place on August 1, 2018. At least 6 people died after the military used live bullets to quell a protest by opposition supporters which had turned violent. The Commission is made up of both local and international members and has three months to investigate the matter. After the three months, the commission will submit its report to the president. Said Mnangagwa,
Their duty is to identify motive, leaders behind the attack and investigate the circumstances surrounding the deployment of the army. To ascertain whether the force used was consistent with the situation at hand.
Members of the commission are as follows:
- Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President Republic of South Africa, – (Chairperson of the Commission)
- Rodney Dixon, Queen’s Counsel from the United Kingdom
- Chief Emeka Anyouko, former Commonwealth Secretary-General from the Federal Republic of Nigeria
- General Davis Mwamunyange, former Chief of Defence Forces of the Tanzania People’s Defence Force.
- Charity Manyeruke, Professor of Political Science University of Zimbabwe (UZ)
- Lovemore Madhuku, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Zimbabwe
- Vimbai Nyemba, Former President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe