Chi­wenga im­pli­cated in post-elec­tion shoot­ings

Sunday Tribune - - WORLD - Agency (ANA) | African News

A ZIM­BAB­WEAN High Court judge im­pli­cated Vice-pres­i­dent Constantino Chi­wenga in the deadly shoot­ings of un­armed civil­ians by the mil­i­tary fol­low­ing post-elec­tion vi­o­lence in the cap­i­tal on Au­gust 1.

The mil­i­tary fired live am­mu­ni­tion on civil­ians, killing six peo­ple.

In a rul­ing made on Wed­nes­day, Jus­tice David Man­gota dis­missed a case where Al­li­son Charles and the Coun­selling Ser­vices Unit (CSU) had taken Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa to court seek­ing that he dis­band the com­mis­sion of in­quiry into the event, which is led by for­mer South African pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe.

Charles and CSU ar­gued that Mnan­gagwa was con­flicted in the mat­ter, say­ing he had con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers to de­ploy sol­diers and could not set a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into his con­duct.

Man­gota ruled that claims that Mnan­gagwa was con­flicted were “friv­o­lous” and “not backed by facts”, adding that the facts and law ex­on­er­ated him.

“The cir­cum­stances of the events of Au­gust 1, 2018 un­fold them­selves in a man­ner which is as clear as night fol­lows day,” he ruled.

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