Former SA president to chair Mnangagwa commission into deadly post-election violence

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By Staff Reporter

FORMER South Africa president Kgalema Motlanthe will chair a commission of inquiry into the deadly violence which rocked Harare after the hotly disputed July 30 elections.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced members of the commission in Harare Wednesday afternoon.

Apart from ex-president Motlanthe, other regional and international commissioners include, former Commonwealth secretary general Chief Emeka Anyouko of Nigeria, former Tanzania defence forces chief General Davis Mwamunyange and British lawyer Robin Dickson QC.

President Mnangagwa said all the external experts had been consulted and agreed to be part of the commission.

Local members include law professor and politician Lovemore Madhuku, University of Zimbabwe lecturer Dr Charity Manyeruke.

The Commission is expected to report back to Mnangagwa within three months of its sweating in.

Among other issues, the experts will probe the circumstances which led to the deadly violence which left six people dead and several others injured as well as identify “the actors and their leaders”.

In addition, the commission must inquire into the involvement of the police, the circumstances which necessitated the deployment of the military and consider whether the degree of force used was appropriate.