LATEST: Paddington Japajapa gives an eye-witness account of August 1 killings, army in big trouble


Movement for Democratic Change member, Paddington Japajapa has nailed the Zimbabwe National Army for the death of six civilians on the 1st of August following protests in the central business district of Harare.

Making his submissions at the Commission of Inquiry into the post election violence, Japajapa said he followed the army during their CBD operations and saw soldiers shooting randomly at civilians walking in the streets of Harare.

“I never saw any people demonstrating, what I saw was the Zimbabwe National Army shooting randomly at civilians who were walking in the streets of Harare” Japa Japa told the Commission.

He added that the deployment of soldiers to quell protests was unnecessary as it was like using a 30 pounds hammer to kill a mosquito further calling for the amendment of the constitution to avoid a repeat of the 1st of August disturbances from happening again.

Japajapa said a police officer who was manning the Zanu PF Harare provincial offices shot a dreadlocked vendor.

“It was unnecessary for the military to be called in to quell protesters , it was like taking a 30 pounds hammer to kill a mosquito”

“A police manning Zanu PF provincial offices shot a vendor who was in dreadlocks,” he added.

“The constitution must be amended to avoid military deployment to deal with civilians unless the country is in a war,” said Japajapa.

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