Opposition leader Nelson Chamis (right) challenges the victory of Emmerson Mnangagwa (right) in the July election
HARARE – Inexperienced President Emmerson Mnangagwa insisted yesterday that opposition leader Nelson Chamis must be in front of an investigation commission investigating deadly pistols on August 1, causing at least six civilians to die in Harare.
A warning from Mnangagwa occurred when Chamisa suggested on Thursday that he did not appear before the investigation – unless Mangangwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga were forced to speak before the murders.
The young opposition leader was invited to meet in front of the commission next week, according to military and police chiefs who proposed this week that the militant wing of the MDC – Vanguard was responsible for shooting on August 1.
Mr Charamba, a spokeswoman for Mnangaga, said yesterday that Chamis would have risked to suffer serious consequences if he did not appear before the commission because he had jurisdiction similar to those in the national courts.
"He must know that the commission has the powers of the courts. Chamisa should go and answer what the commission requires.
"What is the relationship between him and the president? He had to appear on the basis of a summons … and he should have acted as a lawyer," said Charamba.
Discussing a press conference in Harare on Thursday, Chamisa said that the spirit of honesty dictated that the search was also called Mnangagwa and Chiwenga to call on him to respond to the claims that the military army in the capital had been sent to abolish violence 1. August.
"If they are honest, good for gosko is definitely good for gundir. They have to be able to invite Mnangagwa. They must be able to invite Chiwenga.
"That's why we said it was stupid in this commission, because you can not invite Mnangagva to report to him.
"Mnangagwa can not search for ourselves because he is involved. We would like to see if Mnangagwa is invited. If he is not invited, why should he go alone?" Chamis asked rhetorically.
Things on the probe warmed up last week after security guards fired the killer army in their testimonies.
Chief of Defense Force Phillip Valerio Sibanda and General Police Commissioner Godwin Matanga are also obviously guilty of MDC and Chamiso's death.
Sibanda also said in criminal remarks that the army would soon be using evidence to show that the army did not kill people on the fateful day, but rather brought a dress called Vanguard, a militant group linked to the MDC's youth wing.
Matanga also told the commission that the police temporarily suspended plans to arrest Chamis because of ongoing political talks aimed at turning the opposition leader into a leading position in parliament.
This caused Chamisa Matange to accuse him of using him in planning his arrest – he further questioned why the police chief would be influenced in politics when his purpose was to enforce the law.
But Charamba refused yesterday that Mnangagwa tried to "force" Chamiso to accept the legitimacy of Zanu PF leader – and added that Matanga's narratives were not linked to the investigation.
"Do not mix two issues that are not related. There is an inquiry commission that investigates what happened on August 1, and also the Zimbabwe Police Force (ZRP), whose task is to enforce the law.
"Commissioner (Matanga) may have had his reading, but as I have already said, the president did not propose Chamis but the architecture of the government.
"I think the police would have no political reasons before arresting a person. This is not happening now," said Charamba.
In his Thursday news briefing, Chamisa said that the attempt to push him into the "dishonest alliance" with Mnangagva was blamed.
"If you look at all the stories, no citizen has a problem with Chamisa, except for some in the country dealing with scriptwriting and choreographic nature to try to say that Chamisa must come.
"How is Matanga talking about deprivation and then saying that Chamisa got a position and that's why we are waiting for. Why should the law enforcement agencies be subject to some of those changes in political issues?
"It shows you that there are questions that would involve me in a forced settlement, into a forced marriage, into rape. I want love and not rape.
"That's why I said that we want a dialogue in this country. We called it Mnangagvi, these are questions at the table. We are ready to do anything at any time to deal with it," Chamisa said.
Mnangagwa set up a current investigation into the murders in September to verify the deaths on August 1, which are relatively peaceful national elections of 30 July, which have so far been well received.
The seven-member commission is headed by former South African President Kgalem Motlanthe.
Other members of the team are Academics Lovemore Madhuku and Charity Manyeruke, former President of Zimbabwe (LSZ), Vimbay Nyemba, Rodney Dixon of the United Kingdom, former Davos Manson General Secretary Davis Mwamunyange and former Commonwealth Secretary General Emeke Anyaoku from Nigeria.
The killings also dragged a tremendous hope that Zimbabwe hopes to tackle the long-standing disappearance of former President Robert Mugabe.
Shots occurred when several million Zimbabweans voted in the election to elect the new Parliament and the president – after a dramatic drop in Mugabe's strength last November.
The elections were the first since 1980, which took place in the country without the participation of Mugabe, whose 37-year rule on the railroad was seduced by military intervention that triggered events that ended with his resignation.
The election was also marked for the first time that the main opposition MDC was not represented by its founder, Morgan Tsvangirai, who lost his brave fight against colorectal cancer this year.
Political analysts also said that violence on August 1st and consequent deaths have done much damage to Mnangagva's talent to make years of ice-cold relations with Western governments. – Daily News