Zim Congress of Trade Unions presses charges against army

2018-08-13 20:02
A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers violently  dispersed demonstrators in Harare. (Zinyange Auntony, AFP)

A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers violently dispersed demonstrators in Harare. (Zinyange Auntony, AFP)

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A Zimbabwean trade union has reportedly filed a police report after suspected soldiers fired live ammunition at its building during deadly protest in Harare two weeks ago.

At least six people died after troops in the capital Harare opened fire at protests against alleged election fraud, sparking an international outcry and raising grim memories of the Robert Mugabe era, reported AP.

The deadly post-election crackdown raised questions over who could have ordered the army on to the streets and who was really running the government as the country held what has been described as its most important election in decades.

During the skirmishes in the capital Harare, suspected soldiers opened fire on the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) offices, missing some officials who were inside by a whisker, reported New Zimbabwe.com.

The trade union federation which was aligned to the country's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change said that it had opened a case against the army, but police were reluctant at investigating the case.

"We made a report of an incident that happened at our offices on August 1, 2018, when soldiers pumped live rounds of ammunition at the second and third floors of our offices. What we found strange was that we were asked whether we knew exactly who fired the bullets and we said it was the army. The officer who attend to us then said it was improper to just mention an institution but we should have a name of the person responsible, otherwise they treat the perpetrators as unknown," Moyo was quoted as saying.

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