The soldiers who killed civilians on August 1, 2018, are likely to face the consequences as the government has started implementing the recommendations of the Kgalema Motlanthe Commission of Inquiry.
On the day in question, soldiers fired live ammunition on protesters who were marching in the streets of Harare. Some of the killed civilians were not even part of those demonstrating.
Government spokesperson, Ndabaningi Mangwana, revealed in an editorial opinion that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has set up a Cabinet committee on reform that is implementing all the recommendations that were made by the Motlanthe Commission last year. Mangwana said:
“Now the recommendations made by the Motlanthe Commission are also being dealt with by the Cabinet Committee on Reform. The writer can confirm that not a single recommendation has been discarded or ignored.”
Among the recommended possible actions, the government was urged to appropriately deal with police officers and the military that could have fired the live ammunition at fleeing civilians.
Meanwhile, there were attempts by some civil society groups to have government officials, including President Mnangagwa, dragged to the International Criminal Court over the killings.
The ICC confirmed the receipt of a petition from Team Pachedu saying that they will discuss the matter and inform the applicant.
International law experts however observed that it was a wild goose chase since Zimbabwe was not a member of the ICC. Moreover, the incident cannot be described as a genocide which could force the United Nations Security Council to act.
They added that a peaceful atmosphere that succeeded the incident also contribute towards having the issue discarded.