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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US embassy rejects ‘false claim’ diplomat’s guns used in shooting protesters

US embassy rejects ‘false claim’ diplomat’s guns used in shooting protesters 11

HARARE – A report by the state media linking an American diplomat’s guns to the shooting deaths of over a dozen Zimbabweans during anti-government protests “has no basis in fact,” the United States embassy in Harare said. The Herald reported last Saturday that John Kent, a US embassy attache who oversaw the construction of the new embassy campus in Bluffhill had “smuggled two rifles and two shotguns” into the country in 2016 without declaring them to authorities. “Fears abound that the weapons could have been used for nefarious purposes, including…

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State media claims US diplomat’s guns used in August 1, January deadly shootings

State media claims US diplomat’s guns used in August 1, January deadly shootings 13

HARARE – State media in Zimbabwe has accused a United States diplomat of a possible involvement in deadly shootings of protesters on August 1, 2018, and January this year. The Herald newspaper reported Saturday that John Kent, a US embassy attache who oversaw the construction of the new embassy building “smuggled two rifles and two shotguns” into the country in 2016 without declaring them to authorities. “Fears abound that the weapons could have been used for nefarious purposes, including civil disturbances that occurred in 2018 and this year, although The…

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