Zimbabwe opposition chief refuses to testify before post-poll violence inquiry unless… – Journal du Cameroun

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15.11.2018 at 16h21
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Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Thursday refused to testify before a commission appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to probe post-election violence unless the panel also subpoenas the Zimbabwean leader to appear before it.Speaking to journalists in Harare a few hours after being subpoenaed to appear before the commission, Chamisa said it was in the interest of justice that the same panel invites Mnangagwa to testify before it.

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Only then would he agree to appear before the panel, which is led by former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe.

“They must be able to invite Mr Mnangagwa. If he is not going to go, why should I go alone?” Chamisa said.

He added: “If they are to be fair, what is good for the goose must be good for the gander.”

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Seven protesters were killed by soldiers in post-elections violence that took place in the capital Harare on August 1.

However, army officers who testified before the commission this week flatly denied that the protesters were killed by soldiers.

Chamisa dismissed the commission of inquiry as a sham, meant “to be a mere cover-up for government PR (public relations) purposes rather than a truth and fact-finding process.”

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He said it was ironic that Mnangagwa had to appoint a commission to investigate himself since only he has the prerogative to deploy the army.

He therefore has to appear before the commission and inform it who gave the orders to shoot to kill unarmed civilians, Chamisa said.

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