'We'll come up with a credible report,' says Motlanthe after taking oath for violence probe in Zim

2018-09-20 11:14
Kgalema Motlanthe

Kgalema Motlanthe

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Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly assured Zimbabweans that the commission of inquiry into Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that took place on August 1 will "come up with a credible report after the hearing".  

"So far allow us to do that assignment. The members in the commission are honourable people so it gives the commission a bit of credibility," New Zimbabwe quoted Motlanthe as saying.

Motlanthe, who is leading the commission, said this after seven members of the commission took their oath before President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

A report by the state-owned Herald newspaper quoted Motlanthe as saying that the commission would listen to all views from Zimbabweas.

"It won’t be a private thing, we will meet everybody and the Zimbabweans…We will be issuing a statement on Saturday inviting all Zimbabweans (to give their views) and giving them all the phone numbers (to contact us). We want to hear all the versions (of what transpired)," Motlanthe reportedly said.

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Mnangagwa set up the commission of inquiry into the killing of at least seven people following military intervention in the capital two days after the July 30 elections.

The seven members include British lawyer Rodney Dixon, counsel for Kenya's government at the International Criminal Court as it tried to avoid charges against now-President Uhuru Kenyatta related to post-2007 election violence.

Other members of the commission of inquiry are Nigerian former Commonwealth secretary general Emeka Anyaoku, former Tanzanian defence chief Davis Mwamunyange and Zimbabwean legal and political experts.

One of the Zimbabwean members, political science professor Charity Manyeruke, is a member of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Mnangagwa said the commission should finish its work in three months, a report by AP said in August.

The killings shocked Zimbabwe after the peaceful elections, the first after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe in November.

Mnangagwa said the commission will look into the violence, the reasons behind the military intervention and whether the force used by the military was appropriate.

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