GWERU - Residents here have called upon the Commission of Inquiry into the August 01 killings in Harare to set out clear recommendations that can help strengthen the country’s capacity to build greater peace.
The Kgalema Motlanthe-led commission of enquiry was in Gweru last week where some vendors and other members of the public blamed the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance for provoking the army killings.
Joseph Madyagwai, a resident, complained that perpetrators were ‘walking freely’ as if nothing happened.
“What pains me today is that the perpetrators haven’t been held accountable. We need the people who were engaged in the violence to be brought forward and let the law take its course. We want you as commissioners to make strong recommendations to strengthen peace in the country,” he said.
Shephard Sungai, a member of the Gweru Vendors Association (GVA) blamed the opposition coalition for allegedly spreading messages of violence.
“In Gweru here we saw a group of youths who belonged to the MDC Alliance party seeking to cause violence in the Central Business District (CBD). They destroyed the vendors’ selling tables and valuables on the same day the Harare incident occurred.
“So I link that demo to what was happening in Harare because the same message they pushed on the social media was now the agenda. They said they will resort to the use of force if they lost the elections.
“This message was first preached by MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa during his rallies when he came to Gweru,” said Sungai.
In his comments, Motlanthe said the establishment of the commission and its engagement with the public was to determine the cause of the incident in order to deal with the root causes so that nothing similar happens in the future.
“The commission of inquiry seek to establish the happenings of the 01 August shooting and our coming here gives everyone the opportunity to open up and testify on what you have so that as a commission, we can come up with measures to rectify the issue and make sure it won’t happen again,” he said.