Mnangagwa appoints 7-member commission to look into 1 August violence


President Emmerson Mnangagwa today appointed a seven member commission of inquiry headed by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to look into the violence that broke out on 1 August two days after the harmonised elections.

Six people were killed when the military intervened.

Mnangagwa said all the members of the proposed commission had been consulted and were willing to do the job.

The terms of reference for the commission are as follows:-

  1.  to inquire into the circumstances leading to the 1st of August, 2018 post-election violence;
  2.  to identify the actors and their leaders, their motive and strategies employed in the protests;
  3.  to inquire into the intervention by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in the maintenance of law and order;
  4.  to investigate the circumstances which necessitated the involvement of the military in assisting in the maintenance of law and order;
  5.  to consider whether the degree of force used was appropriate to the ensuing threat to public safety, law and order;
  6.  to ascertain extent of damage/injury caused thereof;
  7.  to investigate any other matters which the Commission of Inquiry may deem appropriate and relevant to the inquiry;

The commissioners are likely to be sworn in as soon as Mnangagwa returns from China where he will be attending the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation which will be held next week on 3 and 4 September.

The commission has been given three months to complete the job from the day they are sworn in.

Other members of the commission are:

  • Rodney Dixon, Queen’s Counsel from the United Kingdom
  • Chief Emeka Anyouko, former Commonwealth Secretary-General from the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • General Davis Mwamunyange, former Chief of Defence Forces of the Tanzania People’s Defence Force.
  • Charity Manyeruke, Professor of Political Science University of Zimbabwe (UZ)
  • Lovemore Madhuku, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Zimbabwe
  • Vimbai Nyemba, Former President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe.



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  1. President ED Mnangagwa means serious business. He is not just a talker. He is an implementer. Look at the composition and line up of the commission. Zimbabwe will rise again.