August 1 shooting victim sues military as doctors warn of impending paralysis

August 1 shooting victim sues military as doctors warn of impending paralysis 1

HARARE – Doctors have told a Harare man he may never walk again if he does not undergo urgent surgery after he was shot in the buttocks by soldiers in Harare on August 1 last year. Loveday Munesi has been referred for surgery in India, but attempts to get the military and Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to authorise the medical flight have failed. Now Munesi has approached the High Court demanding $492,500 in damages from Muchinguri-Kashiri and Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Philip Valerio Sibanda. Munesi says in court papers…

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Mnangagwa chasing wrong priorities, says US Senate foreign relations committee

Mnangagwa chasing wrong priorities, says US Senate foreign relations committee 3

WASHINGTON, D.C., United States – President Emmerson Mnangagwa is misdirecting his energy lobbying western governments and blaming Zimbabwe’s economic crisis on United sanctions, said Senator Jim Risch, the chairman of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Instead, Mnangagwa should implement “sweeping promises” he made upon taking office last year which included holding members of the military accountable for shooting and killing unarmed civilians. Speaking on the anniversary of the August 1, 2018, massacre in central Harare in which six people died, Senator Risch said Mnangagwa had to end a…

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Mnangagwa must embrace path towards reform to gain trust of citizens

Mnangagwa must embrace path towards reform to gain trust of citizens 5

IN the late morning of August 1, 2018, I was in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office with then U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, one of the sponsors of the ZDERA amendment, listening to the president’s assessment of Zimbabwe’s Harmonised Elections completed two days before. While the process was not without flaws, election day itself had clearly been an improvement over years past. Zimbabwe appeared close to clearing its first major hurdle towards re-engagement with the international community. Tragically, this all changed by the early afternoon when I heard gunshots outside my office…

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United States imposes travel ban on August 1 massacre commander Sanyatwe

United States imposes travel ban on August 1 massacre commander Sanyatwe 7

HARARE – The United States government has imposed a travel ban on a retired army general who commanded soldiers blamed for the shooting deaths of six people in post-election violence in August last year. Lieutenant General Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe, who was recently posted to Tanzania as Zimbabwe’s ambassador, will be banned from travelling to the United States together with his wife, Chido Machona. In a statement on Thursday, the US State Department said the personal sanctions on Sanyatwe were “due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights.” “Section…

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Deaf and dumb man shot by soldiers in August 1 election protests sues state

Deaf and dumb man shot by soldiers in August 1 election protests sues state 9

HARARE – A deaf and dumb man shot by soldiers during opposition riots on August 1 last year is now suing the government, demanding US$23,000 compensation. Andy Manyeruke is seeking compensation for the pain and suffering he endured and is still enduring as a result of the “wrongful shooting.” In papers filed at the High Court this week, he cited Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri as the respondent. A projectile is still stuck in his right shoulder and he requires surgery, but he is too poor to foot the bill, his…

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‘August 1 shootings pushed Zim backwards’

‘August 1 shootings pushed Zim backwards’ 11

On Jan 23, 2019 55,117 2 By Jeffrey Muvundusi Former War veterans minister Tshinga Dube has revealed that the much-publicised August 1 shootings drove the country’s economy years backwards. Former War Veterans Minister Tshinga Dube The shooting — which claimed six lives — was, according to the Monthlante Commission, a development that saw the country returning to international spotlight amid worldwide condemnation. “I think there is hope or light at the end of the tunnel that our economy will recover but with the way things have taken shape, it will…

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Commission concludes public hearings

Commission concludes public hearings 12

By Nokuthaba Nkomo The Commission of Inquiry, headed by former South Africa president Kgalema Mothlante, looking into the August 1 killings has concluded public hearings after gathering evidence into the post-election violence that killed six people. Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, is chairing the seven-member Commission of Inquiry established by Zimbabwe into the killing of six people following military intervention in the capital. (Picture by Violet Gonda) The commission’s spokesperson John Masuku said the commission was now analysing all gathered information and is working on a final report which…

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Chamisa in climbdown

Chamisa in climbdown 13

By Gift Phiri MDC leader Nelson Chamisa is now amenable to appearing before a Commission of Inquiry investigating the post-election violence that killed at least six people in central Harare on August 1, the Daily News can report. MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa (centre) and Tendai Biti (Alliance principal) (centre) and Amos Chibaya (Organising Secretary) – right. But before he could face the seven-member Commission, the MDC leader wants the panel to clarify a number of issues to enable him to make an informed decision. On November 14, the Commission…

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Doctors lift lid on August 1 shootings

Doctors lift lid on August 1 shootings 14

By Pauline Hurungudo Doctors yesterday lifted the lid on the August 1 killings, releasing an explosive report in which several people accused the military of shooting them at point blank following the hotly-disputed July 30 elections. A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. (AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY In their report titled “A New Era or Error” — which was released at a local hotel — the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR)…

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