PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa this afternoon released the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence of August 1 that left six civilians dead after soldiers opened live fire on fleeing protesters.
Mnangagwa was flanked by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda as well as several government officials.
Addressing the nation on Tuesday President Emmerson Mnangagwa said, “The commission concluded that the use of live ammunition was unjustified and not proportionate to actions of the protestors. The use of sjamboks and gun butts was also found to be disproportionate force by the commission.”
President Mnangagwa said on top of the six people who died, thirty-five more were injured.
“The total number of people who died were six and those injured were 35. The commission concluded that the those who died and those injured were victims of guns fired by the police and the soldiers.”
The Motlanthe commission further recommended that the governement must establish a fund to assist the dependants of the deceased if there are minors.
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