“Promoting August 1 Shootings Commander Before Motlanthe Report Is Out A Slap In The Face To Victims”

Renowned academic, and law lecturer at Kent University in the United Kingdom, Alex Magaisa said that promoting a general who commanded the soldiers implicated in the shooting and killing of civilians on August 1 in Harare shows that the government does not care about the victims.

Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe commanded the Presidential Guard Unit that swept across Harare to quell protests which had become violent on August 1. Six people were shot and killed while dozens were injured when live ammunition ammunition was used.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently promoted Sanyatwe to the rank of Major-General. This did not go down well with observers. Writing on Twitter today, Magaisa said

So the commander of the military unit implicated in the August 1 killings has been promoted, even before the Commission of Inquiry’s report has been made public? Quite a slap in the face of the commission & victims. Such brazen arrogance! This regime doesn’t give a hoot.



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4 comments on ““Promoting August 1 Shootings Commander Before Motlanthe Report Is Out A Slap In The Face To Victims”

  1. The guy lied under oath but still gets promoted, that’s bad for the country – only proves arrogance. You should have seen their faces at the commission of inquiry. Can you imagine under interrogation by those guys? One will be in big trouble even when innocent.

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