1st of August Saga : Police Chief Admits That Proper Procedures Were Not Followed

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) boss Commissioner General, Godwin Matanga has admitted that proper procedures were not followed when the military was deployed to quell a protest by opposition supporters on the 1st of August.

At least six people died when the military used live bullets to disperse the protests. Appearing before the Kgalema Motlanthe led Commission of Inquiry into the events of the day, Matanga also took responsibility for the deployment of soldiers saying,

I can’t run away from the fact that it was me (who ordered the deployment of the army). The deployment of the army was to make sure that these demonstrators would not run over the Rainbow Towers, which was accommodating the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) command centre.

If it was on a normal operation, the ZDF was supposed to come down to the regulatory authority who was then Chief Superintendent Ncube who was given instructions but of course that process was not followed. Time did not allow us to follow those procedures to advise his office (Officer Commanding Harare District, Ncube.)

Matanga also said that if the soldiers had fired their guns, they did so in good faith. Said Matanga

With all due respect to the deceased the actions of the police were justified and if ever the army fired, they did it in good faith.

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