STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, COMRADE E.D. MNANGAGWA, ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO INQUIRE INTO THE POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE ON THE FIRST OF AUGUST 2018.
Fellow Zimbabweans, following the post-election disturbing events of the 1st of August, 2018, which resulted in the loss of lives, and damage to property, I wish to announce to the nation that;
(i) In fulfilment of what I have earlier on undertaken to do, in order to address the matter in a transparent manner and in the public interest, I have appointed a seven-member Commission to inquire into the post-election violence.
(ii) The Commission is made up of Local, Regional and International members who have been appointed in terms of the Commission of Inquiry Act [Chapter 10:07].
The Terms of Reference for the Commission are as follows:-
(a) to inquire into the circumstances leading to the 1st of August, 2018 post-election violence;
(b) to identify the actors and their leaders, their motive and strategies employed in the protests;
(c) to inquire into the intervention by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in the maintenance of law and order;
(d) to investigate the circumstances which necessitated the involvement of the military in assisting in the maintenance of law and order;
(e) to consider whether the degree of force used was appropriate to the ensuing threat to public safety, law and order;
(f) to ascertain extent of damage/injury caused thereof;
(g) to investigate any other matters which the Commission of Inquiry may deem appropriate and relevant to the inquiry;
(h) to make suitable recommendations; and
(i) to report to the President in writing, the result of the inquiry within a period of three months from the date of swearing —in of the Commissioners.
The following members will constitute the Commission of Inquiry:
- Former President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Kgalema Motlanthe;
- Rodney Dixon QC, United Kingdom;
- Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Federal Republic of Nigeria;
- Former Chief of Defence Forces of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, General Davis Mwamunyange;
- Professor Charity Manyeruke, Political Science, University of Zimbabwe;
- Professor Lovemore Madhuku, Faculty of Law, University of Zimbabwe; and
- Mrs Vimbai Nyemba, Former President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe.
A notice to the above effect, will be gazetted in accordance with the law.