Political analysts say that the promotion to the rank of Major General of Anselem Sanyatwe shows that the government is unwilling to be accountable.
Major General Sanyatwe was promoted a few days before the Motlanthe Commission released the report of its findings. The report said that the military and police were responsible for shooting and killing civilians on Agust 1. Part of the report reads as follows
Those particular members of the military and the police found to have been in breach of their professional duties and discipline on the 1st of August 2018 should be identified as soon as possible for internal investigations and appropriate sanction, which should include hearing from the victims and their families for impact assessment and to provide the necessary compensation.
Legal expert and political analyst, Alex Magaisa wrote on his Saturday blog that
The Commission’s verdict dismisses as false and dishonest, the weak defences and explanations that were given by senior military commanders during the hearings.
They had protested that the deaths were not from the actions of their troops whose professionalism they defended.
The effect of the Commission’s damning verdict is that these testimonies were false. This is a serious indictment on the integrity of military commanders who had vehemently vouched for the professionalism of their forces.
However, resignation on account of embarrassment is not something that exists in the vocabulary of Zimbabwe’s establishment. They will just pretend that the Commission they set up did not say anything.
Another analyst, Macdonald Lewanika said Mnangagwa must come clean on the military. He said
It is curious that directly involved parties would be promoted prior to the finalisation of a matter that they are party to.
But that is the nature of this state and its regime, accountabilities virtually none existent, and promotions appear based on personal loyalties to those who hold the levers of power more than any discernible successes and competencies that the public can identify and identify with.