Mot­lanthe team gets le­gal back­ing

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Levi Mukarati Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has pro­vided le­gal back­ing to a seven-mem­ber probe team sworn in last week to look into the vi­o­lence that rocked Harare on the 1st of Au­gust 2018, fol­low­ing the July 30th gen­eral elec­tions.

Last Thurs­day, for­mer South African Pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe took an oath be­fore the Pres­i­dent at State House, fol­lowed by other mem­bers of the probe team.

The mem­bers in­clude United King­dom-based in­ter­na­tional law ex­pert Mr Rod­ney Dixon, for­mer Com­mon­wealth sec­re­tary gen­eral Emeka Anyaoku from Nige­ria, for­mer Tan­za­nia Peo­ple’s De­fence Forces Gen­eral Davis Mwa­mun­yange, Univer­sity of Zim­babwe lec­tur­ers Pro­fes­sors Love­more Mad­huku and Char­ity Manyeruke; and for­mer Law So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Vim­bai Nyemba.

The swear­ing-in cer­e­mony pre­ceded the set­ting up of the leg­isla­tive frame­work to make the team and its terms of ref­er­ence le­gal af­ter Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa pro­claimed the Com­mis­sion in a Gov­ern­ment Gazette on Fri­day.

The procla­ma­tion is in line with Sec­tion 2 (1) of the Com­mis­sions of In­quiry Act (Chap­ter 10:07) which pro­vides that, “The Pres­i­dent may, when he con­sid­ers it ad­vis­able, by procla­ma­tion, ap­point a com­mis­sion of in­quiry con­sist­ing of one or more com­mis­sion­ers.”

Ac­cord­ing to the gazette, the team is ex­pected to com­pile a writ­ten re­port for the Pres­i­dent within three months. Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa set up the team to in­ves­ti­gate the vi­o­lence that left about six peo­ple dead and many oth­ers in­jured in the skir­mishes that also saw the de­struc­tion of prop­erty worth sev­eral thou­sands of dol­lars soon af­ter the July elec­tions.

The vi­o­lent protests were al­leged to have been trig­gered by the MDC Al­liance sup­port­ers who sought early an­nounce­ment of Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion re­sults in favour of their leader. Reads part of Fri­day’s no­tice by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa: “Now, there­fore, un­der and by the virtue of the pow­ers vested in the Pres­i­dent as afore said, I do, by this procla­ma­tion, di­rect that the terms of ref­er­ence shall be as fol­lows:

“To in­quire into the cir­cum­stances lead­ing to the 1st of Au­gust, 2018, post elec­tion vi­o­lence; to iden­tify the ac­tors and their lead­ers, their mo­tive and strate­gies em­ployed in the protests.”

Mr Mot­lanthe has since called upon in­sti­tu­tions and mem­bers of the pub­lic who wish to con­trib­ute to the probe to file writ­ten sub­mis­sions with the Com­mis­sion not later than 12 Oc­to­ber.

He said peo­ple must use the work of the Com­mis­sion as part of the nec­es­sary blocks to build a new Zim­babwe.

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