Stampede at August 1 killings commission of inquiry hearing

Stampede at August 1 killings commission of inquiry hearing
Published: 17 October 2018 (163 Views)
There was a stampede yesterday as journalists and members of the public pushed into a small conference room, the set venue for the commission of inquiry public hearing on the August 1 killings.

Individuals began to arrive as early as 9am only to endure hours of waiting outside, while the commissioners deliberated on the intended procedures for the public hearing.

While an open venue was expected for a hearing of this magnitude, only 45 people were allowed into the small conference room at a lodge in the capital.

The commission, sworn in by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in September this year, has been tasked to enquire into the circumstances that led to the violence that occurred after the July harmonised elections.

The permanent secretary of the commission Virginia Mabhiza addressed members of the press towards lunch time, assuring them they would be allowed into the conference room at 1.30 pm.

"We had advised that the hearing would start early at 11 am. Our apologies, the commissioners had numerous documents to consider before the hearing," she said.

There was chaos when Mabhiza told the rest of the camera crews to leave the conference except for the State media

Journalists enquired from the chairperson of the commission Kgalema Motlanthe why the rest of the media outlets were not allowed to attend, while this was a public inquiry.

"ZBC journalists have been coming in here while we have been waiting outside.  With all due respect Mr Chair(person), is not this supposed to be a public hearing?" enquired one journalist.

"We would love all the sessions to be open for everyone, but as you can see, the cameras are obstructing the people who are supposed to be testifying," said Motlante, before he allowed all the camera personnel to at least occupy the back panel.

The first two witnesses to testify during the hearing both pointed to members of Chamisa's MDC as the perpetrators of the violence in which at least six people died, in the aftermath of this year's elections.

Patricia Ruzawe from Goromonzi, who took part in the election processes as an observer said she witnessed the violence first hand when she arrived in Harare on August 1.

Nyasha Zenda, a Zanu PF councillor for Ward 6 in Harare also gave a testimony on how he was tipped that his personal bus which he had used during the campaign was about to be burnt by MDC youths.

Meanwhile, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) issued a statement yesterday condemning the commission for barring private media from covering the hearing.

"This is disconcerting as it is an enquiry that is supposed to draw participation from the public. Particularly worrying is that trend in such conduct by institutions established by the government and public officials," said Misa.

- dailynews

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Knox Mutizwa wins August Goal of the Month award

by kickoff | 05 November 2018 | 701 Views

BREAKING: Gandawa on the run

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1375 Views

Econet cannot distribute Kwese TV content to Zimbabwean viewers

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1042 Views

Shoot-out robbers arrested

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1080 Views

Mnangagwa ally warns economic saboteurs

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1065 Views

Chamisa mobilises supporters for mass protests

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 873 Views

LISTEN: Acie Lumumba speaks on how he got paid

by Staff Reporter | 05 November 2018 | 715 Views

Dzamara speak on Zanu-PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 683 Views

Minister Raj Modi Modi donates salary

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 562 Views

'I am a Trillionaire' Magaya says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 934 Views

Supermarkets to be blacklisted over cooking oil

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 591 Views

UK army to recruit from Commonwealth

by BBC | 05 November 2018 | 618 Views

Magaya opens up on arrest

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 613 Views

Kambarami is still 'Deputy Mayor'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 492 Views

'Import ban must not go beyond December 21'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 577 Views

Prophet Magaya puts fresh spin to arrest

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 574 Views

Chamisa's sign language interpreters get thumps up

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 552 Views

Mnangagwa to review Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax again

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 547 Views

Lumumba to be probed by ZAAC?

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 397 Views

Dzamara speak on ZANU PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 362 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 558 Views

Chiwenga's ex-wife looted millions

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 900 Views

We are our own worst enemies

by Mapozho Saruchera | 05 November 2018 | 608 Views

Mnangagwa to deal with unexplained wealth and bank deposits

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 584 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga talks about Prophet Walter Magaya's lipstick

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 563 Views

Lumumba Saga takes new twist....War vets bay for Mutsvangwa's blood

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 645 Views

Chamisa demands Presidency

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 535 Views

Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity

by Staff Writer | 05 November 2018 | 473 Views

Zimbabwe to introduce e-provisional driver's exams

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 508 Views

Zimbabwe to supply water to South Africa

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 510 Views

Mnangagwa claims that 'good times will soon roll'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 493 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Hon. Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 551 Views

Chiyangwa appoint Karikoga Kaseke

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 492 Views

ZCTU demo: Ruling today

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 442 Views

Missing cop found dead

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 565 Views

Tagwirei marries long-time girlfriend

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 867 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes maternity leave entitlement

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 525 Views

Zimbabwe to receive drugs, ambulances from India

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 446 Views