In a statement, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) condemned the army and police’s denials they played a part in the killing of six civilians during the August 1 post electoral violence in Harare.
General Philip Valerio Sibanda (Defence Forces), Brigadier General Anselem Sanyatwe (Presidential Guard) and Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga appeared before the Kgalema Motlanthe chaired Commission of Inquiry and denied killing civilians. CiCZ said the stance by the police shows why Zimbabwe has a lot of unresolved cases involving murder of civilians. Part of the statement by CiCZ reads:
We have also noticed conflicting statements from the police and army top brass with a senior police officer seemingly blaming the army for the shootings. We note an apparent attempt to blame the opposition, business and ordinary citizens for the shootings and this will likely lead to a witch-hunt that will see continued persecution of hundreds of activists that were arrested in the aftermath of the 01 August killings on false charges. The stance by the army and police confirms why Zimbabwe has a lot of unresolved cases involving the murder of civilians dating back to the Gukurahundi massacres which resulted in the deaths of more than 20 000 civilians at the hands of the Fifth Brigade.