MDC Alliance spokesperson Welshman Ncube has applauded President Emmerson Mnangagwa for appointing a seven-member Commission of Inquiry to look into the events of August 1. However, Ncube raised concerns about the independence and impartiality of two local commissioners, Professor Charity Manyeruke and Professor Lovemore Madhuku, both from the University of Zimbabwe. Speaking to NewsDay, Ncube said,
The international members seem to be sufficient, experienced and sufficiently independent. To me, perhaps Nyemba, despite all the appointments to State institutions, also has a sufficiently broad history of independence as LSZ president.
In my respectful view, she (Manyeruke) is not sufficiently distanced from our partisan politics to be able to act independently and impartially and fairly in this matter. Equally, Madhuku might be a lawyer, but such a player so closely involved with our politics as a presidential candidate, as a legal practitioner for one of the presidential candidates, Thokozani Khupe. I am aware that he is also a lawyer representing one other party in the on-going electoral petition. In my view, his eyes are so clouded. It will be well nearly impossible for him to distance himself from the dust of conflict with has imbued our politics.
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