In an interview with State owned media, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said President Mnangagwa is not obligated to share the report by the Kgalema Motlanthe chaired Commission of Inquiry.
The Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 post-election violence that left six people dead and destroyed property submitted the executive summary to President Mnangagwa last Thursday. Sections of the public have been calling for the report to be made public. Said Charamba:
There is nothing at law that compels the President to release the report to the public or not to release it to the public. The discretion is his. Where he has a bit of a limit is in respect of how the Commission conducts its hearings in terms of the law. He is required by the Act to spell out that the Commission must conduct its hearings in camera otherwise the presumption of the law is that it’s through a public hearing and as you notice, the President in the interest of openness, of transparency and to ensure that the Commission itself operates in a way that shows integrity, he decided to make the hearings public, which is why they were televised.