ED Dodges Military Shooting Fiasco
President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa seemingly avoided mentioning at length the army’s heavy handed shenanigans in dealing with recent violent civilian post election protests but instead directed the blame on MDC Alliance opponents for allegedly inciting the violence that saw the military gunning down six people.
He was giving his keynote address during the annual Defence Forces Day commemorations at National Sports Stadium in Harare.
“I am however deeply concerned with the incidents of violence that rocked the streets of Harare at the instigation of some members of the MDC Alliance leadership, which subsequently resulted in the regrettable loss of lives, injury to persons and damage to property,” he said
On behalf of the government and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and relatives of the victims of the politically motivated violence.”
The six civilians killed were among MDC Alliance protesters and bystanders during angry reactions to the announcement of election results which gave Zanu PF a crushing victory over the main opposition.
The violent confrontations,coupled with the heavy-handed army reaction, put a damper on what was widely seen as the most peaceful election Zimbabwe has ever had since independence.
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