A political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Eldred Masunugure, said that the Motlanthe Commission was dealing with a delicate situation, therefore the final report sought to please everyone. In an Interview with the Mail and Telegraph Masunungure said that there were different interests which the Commission had to navigate. Said Masunungure
I think they were trying to navigate between a rock and a hard surface, you can see the manner in which the commission was trying to delicately balance several interests.
The interest of the government and the ruling party, the interest of the opposition and the interest of the international or strong diplomatic community which has been eagerly awaiting the results of that commission.
Equally important is also the interest of the security sector particularly of the army so you can see the deliberately delicate language that is used in the report so I see it as an attempt to please all and obviously when you do that, you run the risk of pleasing none.
We have already received a vicious response from the MDC Alliance and the government I am sure the security sector may not be very happy with being fingered directly for committing the offences that they did on August 1 particularly killing six people and injuring about 35.
The security sector may feel aggrieved about that especially when they explicitly denied that they were directly involved in the shooting to date of the innocent civilians so it was a delicate exercise and that delicacy is very apparent in the language used and the attempt not to offend every strategic interest that they did not consider in that report.
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