Chamisa Apologizes For Calling ‘August 1’ Protesters Stupid
MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa has retracted the statement he recently made at a press conference, that the 1st of August protesters were stupid.
He made the shocking remarks at Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House on Thursday afternoon responding to a subpoena by the commission of inquiry which implicated him in the pre and post election violence on August 1, that led to the death of 6 civilians.
In his defense through a tweet, Chamisa said that he used words that regrettably created the wrong impression.
My remarks to condemn those who killed or injured the innocent,burnt cars & destroyed property on 1 August used ‘words’ that regrettably created the wrong impression. The people have a constitutional right to demonstrate peacefully. Any discomfort caused is sincerely regretted.
— Nelson Chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) November 15, 2018
Speaking at the conference, his actual words were:
”It was very stupid for people who demonstrated, to demonstrate for the results to be released, it was stupid because they then opened themselves for attacks and for manipulation. I think whoever demonstrated have their right but it was not called for and that’s my view. I’m not insulting them but I have a right just like any other because it was premature, it was unstrategic and opened them to be manipulated by the enemies of the people, and the enemies of peace, the merchants of violence, the archbishops of violence,” said Chamisa.
The sanity of his statement invited vitriolic attacks on social media, with many accusing him of throwing his supporters under the bus and distancing himself from being implicated in inciting the post election violence.
Here are some of the comments responding to his tweet.
I am completely at a loss as to why anyone would say the people who demonstrated were stupid.
— Dr Noah Manyika (@drnmanyika) November 15, 2018
Yah, at least he is man enough to see his mistake. People were boiling.
— mhofu mhofela. (@yemykono) November 16, 2018
apology accepted… ndange ndakutosiya zveMDCA
— CEng Stannie (@CengStannie) November 16, 2018
You are up late peoples President. This must have weighed heavy on you. God bless you and keep you safe. May we one day see freedom, peace and prosperity for all Zimbabweans.
— Jongwe Rachembera 🇿🇼 (@JongweRachembe1) November 15, 2018
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