Khuluma Africa founding journalist Maynard Manyowa said some of the victims of the August 1, 2018 post-election violence were shot while they were in the midst of a crowd with no soldiers in sight.
The Herald reports that Manyowa told the Motlanthe Commission of Inquiry he did not see any soldiers when Ishmael Kumene, was fatally shot adjacent to the intersection of Cameron Street and Jason Moyo Avenue during protests MDC-Alliance supporters. Another teenage victim, Simeon Chipokosa said when he was shot in the leg, he was in the middle of a fleeing crowd. Chipokosa says did not see any soldiers although he heard gunshots. He says he still has a bullet lodged in his body. Said Manyowa:
A group of protesters were running and as they were running, I noticed a guy wearing black and he took two steps and tumbled down. At the time he took those steps, there had been people behind him, but there were no soldiers at the time. I don’t know who shot the guy. There were gunshots going all over the directions. I think it could be people in the crowd who fired shots