Zimbabwe remembers August 1 killings

August 1, 2019
| Report Focus News

Harare – A year ago Zimbabweans took to the streets in protest against election manipulation by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The protests ended up in police and army firing live ammunition at protestors leaving at least six people dead with several others sustaining gun wounds.

The killings received widespread condemnation locally and abroad thereby forcing President Mnangagwa to set up a seven member commission led by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Zimbabweans took time to remember the victims by posting on social media.

“Today is the 1st of August. Because Zimbabwean lives matter, we must take a moment to remember all who needlessly lost their lives a year ago when the military launched into the street and randomly fired live rounds. The regime may forget but we certainly won’t” wrote Advocate Fadzayi Mahere on micro blogging twitter.

Human Rights Lawyer Doug Coltart also took to social media to remember the departed.

“Today let’s take a moment remember the victims on the 1 August 2018 senseless military killings and let’s resolve together to keep fighting to bring justice and freedom to Zimbabwe so that such atrocities never happen again. Aluta continua” wrote Coltart

The Motlanthe commission made recommendations aimed at bringing to justice all implicated soldiers and police. The recommendations also aimed at peace and nation-building, to date the nation is still divided.