Investigate Who Ordered Army On The Streets, Biti Tells Commission

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change deputy chairperson, Tendai Biti has took a dig at President Emmerson Mnangagwa over his decision to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the 1st of August shootings saying he is conflicted as he cannot appoint investigate himself.

Making his submissions before the Kgalema Motlanthe led commission, Biti said the terms of reference should have clearly sought to establish the person who ordered troops out of their barracks to kill innocent civilians.

“If you are to follow the dictates of natural justice, the appointing authority cannot appoint to inquire into his own cause. He is conflicted.”

The simple term of reference is who ordered the troops out of their barracks and who ordered them to kill unarmed civilians,” said Biti.

He also questioned the credibility of some of the commissioners, singling out Professor Charity Manyeruke whom he said is a member of Zanu PF.

He also laid into Commissioner Rodney Dixon whom he accused of speaking on behalf of military governments.

If justice is to be seen to be done, I would like to submit with great respect that some commissioners seated here fail to inspire confidence

“I have a problem with commissioner Manyeruke. It is not disputed fact that she is a member of Zanu PF. The decent thing for her is to resign. I have a problem with a barista from UK. I don’t know his name. Hi has a strong relations with military governments,” said Biti.

He distanced himself and the MDC from the 1st of August violence saying they were confident that they had won the elections hence they could not spoil their own party.

“We genuinely believe that we won this election. We genuinely believe that Nelson Chamisa won this election. And this belief is very important in that you get to know the behaviour of winners and losers

“So there was no way we could have put our people into the streets. There was no reason for us to spoil our party,” added Biti.

I was advised that I was with one Jimu Kunaka driving a green Discovery, it’s a joke. I hardly know Jimu physically, I know him as a notorious leader of Chipangano who killed our people in Mbare – it’s a lot of rubbish