In an interview with State owned media, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba revealed why President Mnangagwa did not publicise the executive summary he received from the Motlanthe commission into the August 1 shootings.
The Motlanthe Commission submitted an executive summary to Mnangagwa last Thursday and there were promises that the final report would be released last Saturday. Charamba said Mnangagwa did not publicise the executive summary because it will be completely wrong and in fact misleading to try and submit to public view what is only an executive summary. He also said the executive summary was for the President only. Said Charamba:
We took a deliberate decision not to publicise the executive report because definitionally that was for the President’s eyes and in any case, the main report is what matters to the extent that it handles substantively the observations of the Commission as well as the recommendations. So, in the absence of the main report it will be completely wrong and in fact misleading to try and submit to public view what is only an executive summary. It’s important to disabuse the members of the public, including those political groups that have been agitating around the Commission’s actions – that the report is for the President who must receive it, read it and on the basis of his own judgement decides how it will be used.