The Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 violence and killings is making arrangements to have all the soldiers and police officers who were involved to appear before the commission. This was revealed by one of the commissioners Lovemore Madhuku, who said the move to start with witnesses and victims was deliberate to enable the commissioners to be able to ask the right questions. In an interview with Violet Gonda, Madhuku said,
We are making arrangements for them to come. We have said firstly let’s get to hear from the non-security people, so we hear from everyone who is not the police and who is not the army.
And then once all that evidence has come, we will then face the army with all the evidence. They have to answer to each and every assertion of fact by the witnesses. So you cannot just bring the army in front, it’s like putting the cart before the horse.
You should make it clear to the public and everyone that you are informing as the media that this is a process which is well thought out, at the end, we just have to hear, look at those people saying the bullets were coming from all over the place.
When the military comes, we then ask them those questions because they will have to respond to each and every question…So the army will be coming, the police will be coming.
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