Tendai Biti mourns six killed by soldiers

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Tendai Biti mourns six killed by soldiers.

The demonstrators had taken to the streets to protest the delayed release of results for the country’s national elections held on 30 July.

TENDAI BITIMDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti has said no justice has been served for six people who were killed by soldiers when they fired live ammunition at protesters in Harare on 1 August 2018.

After overwhelming the police, the army was called in to intervene and indiscriminately opened fire at the demonstrators and some people who were going about their business.

“A year ago six compatriots going about their routine lives were brutally murdered by a fascist regime that had just brutally stolen an election. A year later despite an expensive Commission justice has not been served. Impunity is the bedrock of authoritarianism. We shall not forget,” said Biti.

After international condemnation for the army’s actions, President Emmerson Mnangagwa set up a commission of inquiry chaired by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to investigate the matter.

The commission, after its inquiry, made a number of recommendations to Mnangagwa most of which are yet to be implemented. This week, the United Kingdom called on Mnangagwa to implement “real reforms” including the recommendations of the Motlanthe commission so that the country can get out of its economic and political crisis.

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