Fresh details implicating the army in the August 1 Harare shootings have emerged, contained in a report by the Human Rights NGO Forum. There are allegations that the Motlanthe Commission ignored some key testimonies when it compiled its report. There are concerns that the compilation of the report was hurried after it presented a summary of its findings to President Emmerson Mnangagwa barely two days after concluding its inquiries.
A 500-page dossier was compiled by 22 local human rights groups containing 18 affidavits from victims and relatives of people killed when soldiers allegedly opened fire on civilians on August 1. An affidavit in the dossier a by a victim of the shootings read
I saw a group of people who were fleeing soldiers that were firing gunshots. These soldiers were in army uniforms and armed with rifles.
I ran away for about 50 metres. I felt pain beneath my genitals and I then stopped and observed that I was shot on my genitals.
One of my scrotum balls was outside and my p***s was injured as well. Blood gushed out and I felt intense pain.
I failed to run or stand on my own, but I was then assisted and ferried to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals by two young men that I don’t know.
I reported the matter at Harare Central Police Station and was given initial report number 100665.
Another victim who was shot was aboard a fleeing commuter omnibus said
Whilst at the corner of Chinhoyi Street and Albion Street, there were eight army officers and the commuter omnibus driver noticed them and he took off at high speed.
The soldiers started shooting at the commuter omnibus and a bullet went through the back of the vehicle and hit me on my ankle.