Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa (right) challenges the victory of Emmerson Mnangagwa (right) in the July elections
HARARE – President unmoved by Emerson Mnangagwa yesterday insisted opposition leader Nelson Chamisa must appear before the commission of inquiry to investigate the deadly shooting August 1, which left at least six dead civilians in Harare.
Mangangwa's warning came as Khamis suggested on Thursday that he would not appear before the investigation – unless both Manangawa and his deputy, Constantino Chunga, had to testify to her about the killing.
The leader of the young opposition was asked to appear before the committee next week, following testimony from military and police chiefs this week that the militant wing of the MDC – Vanguard – was responsible for the August 1 shooting.
Mnangagwa's spokesman, Charamba, said today that Chamisa risked serious consequences if he did not appear before the committee, since it has powers similar to those of the state courts.
"He needs to know that the Commission has the powers of the courts.Chamisa should go to answer what the Commission requests.
"What is the connection between him and the president? He must appear according to the order … and he has to act like a lawyer," Ramba rumbled.
Referring to a press conference in Harare on Thursday, Khamisa said that the spirit of fairness and writing that the investigation should also read Mnangagwa and Chiwenga appear before it to answer the allegations that they deployed the army in the capital to calm the violence August 1.
"If they are fair, what is good for the goose must be good for the robbery, they must be able to invite Mangangagwa, they must be able to order Chiwenga.
"That's why we said there was folly in that committee, because you can not invite Mangagawa to report to him.
"Mnangagwa can not investigate himself because he was involved.We want to see if Mangangagwa is invited.If he is not invited, why should I go alone?" Hamsa asked rhetorically.
The investigation heated up earlier this week, after security commanders dismissed the soldiers of the killings in their testimonies.
The commander of the security forces, Philip Valerio Sibanda, and police chief Goodwin Matanga, also appeared to have accused the MDC and Chamisa of the deaths.
With a threatening reference, Sibanda said the army would soon provide evidence that the army had not killed people on the fateful day but had fingered the outfit called Vanguard, a militant group linked to the MDC Youth Wing.
Matanga also told the committee that the police temporarily shelved plans to arrest Chamisa because of ongoing political talks that were designed to give the opposition leader to the upper post in parliament.
This led Chamisa to blame Matanga for being used by the authorities to engineer his arrest – further questioning why the police chief was involved in politics when his job was to enforce the law.
But Charamba denied yesterday that Mnangagwa was trying to "squeeze" Chamisa to accept the legitimacy of Zanu PF leader – adding that Mattanga's comments were not related to the commission of inquiry.
There is a commission of inquiry that is looking at what happened on August 1, and we also have the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), which is required to enforce the law.
"The Collector (Matanga) may have had his call, but as I said before, the President did not offer Chamisa proposal, but the architecture of the Cabinet.
"I do not think the police will have political considerations before they arrest a man, that's not what's happening now," Ramba said.
In his media briefing, Khamisa said there was also an attempt to push him into an unholy alliance with Mnangagwa, using crooked measures.
"If you look at all the witnesses, not one citizen has a problem with Chamisa except for a few in the country, who work on a well-scripted narrative and well choreographed to try and say Chamisa must come.
"How does Matanga talk about incitement and then say that Chamisa has accepted a role, so we are waiting … Why should law enforcement be imposed on some of these upheavals of political considerations?
"It shows you that there are problems pushing me into forced sedition, into forced marriage, into rape.I want love not rape.
"That's why I said we want dialogue in this country.We have told Mnangagwa these are the problems at the table.We are ready at any time to engage," Chamisa said then.
Mnangagwa appointed the current investigation and killed in September, to investigate the deaths of August 1 which captured the election July 30 relatively relative peace which has so far been extensive so far.
The seven-member committee is led by former South African president Kaglama Motlanta.
The rest of the team members are academics Lovemore Madhuku and Manyeruke Charity, the law firm of Zimbabwe's former President and Wembley Nyemba, Rodney Dickson of Britain, former commander of Tanzania's security forces and General Davis Mwamunyange former Secretary of Congress – Chief General Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria.
The killing also casts hopes on Zimbabwe to recover from years of destructive rule by former President Robert Mugabe.
The shooting took place after millions of Zimbabweans cast their votes in the polls to elect both parliament and a new president following Mugabe's dramatic fall last November.
The elections were the first since 1980 to take place in the country without the participation of Mugabe, whose 37-year iron rule ended dramatically with military intervention that triggered events that ended with his resignation.
The elections also noted for the first time that MDC's main opposition was not represented by its founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who lost his courageous fight against colorectal cancer on Valentine's Day.
Political analysts also said that the violence of August 1 and death as a result caused great damage to the trips of Mangangagwa to correct years of cold relations with Western governments. – today's news