August 1 Killings A Disappointment After A Peaceful Election- EU

European Union (EU) Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Timo Olkkonen condemned the August 1 post-election shootings which killed six people and wounded several others in Harare.

Olkkonen said the post-poll violence overshadowed an election process which was predominantly peaceful. He however praised the setting up of the Commission of Inquiry and said the EU is waiting for the report. Said Olkkonen:

The August 1st event and the killing of innocent people was obviously a disappointment after an electoral process that had been very peaceful and very positive aspects compared to previous elections. The move of instituting a commission of inquiry to find out the real reasons why this was allowed to happen, who the perpetrators are, was a positive step. Having the international involvement was also to enforce the independence of the commission. So like everyone, we are obviously waiting for the report and to see what the findings are and we expect that positive steps would be taken depending on the outcome of the findings

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