Tinashe Sambiri|Bishop Ancelimo Magaya has challenged the Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa to prosecute soldiers who shot and killed unarmed civilians on August 1, 2018.
Six civilians were shot by soldiers during protests at rigging of elections by Zanu PF in 2018.
Below is Bishop Magaya’s statement:
By Bishop Ancelimo Magaya
Today, 01 August three years ago, President Mnangagwa deployed the army into the streets to shoot at unarmed civilians resulting in the death of at least seven people.
Whilst the state denied its involvement in the killings,the Mohlanthe led commission appointed by the president to investigate the happenings of the day came up with evidence pointing to the state’s involvement in the killings of innocent citizens.
The commission recommended that justice must be done. Upon receiving the commission’s report, President Mnangagwa publicly launched it, but sadly, no justice has been executed to date, leading to some people concluding that the President cannot execute justice in a case where he is guilty of murder.
This adds to the pain arising from many such unresolved cases like the Matebeleland massacres, the bloody land seizures,2000 June parliamentary and 2002 Presidential elections that were bloody, post 2008 march harmonised election violence resulting in more than 127 deaths and thousand displacements according to the Zimbabwe Human rights NGO forum report, the dissapearance of Dzamara among many.
Let it be known to the powers that be that voices of the blood of many Zimbabweans are crying from the ground in the very same way that Abel’s cried and God requires that Justice be executed.
Mr President, you appointed the Mohlante led commission. You recieved their report which you launched. Your minister of Home affairs, Kazembe Kazembe announced some time in 2019 that the perpetrators would be arrested the year that was to follow.
Though this announcement was stupid given that no murderer would remain in the country after having been publicly given one year notice of arrest, no attempts of arrrests were made.This is so despite the arrests of those who violently destroyed property and looted as well as many arbitrary arrests of human rights and political activists. Such selective application of the law is obnoxious before God’s court of justice.
Mr President, where is the long arm of the law to catch up with the murderers? Why is it that your long arm is quick to arrest and torture those that express thier views on your system of governance and leave out the murderers and the corrupt?
Unless you sincerely repent, the divine long arm of justice will catch up with you.
To the church, it is hypocrisy as it is loathsome before God to continue worshiping through big offerings,stringed instruments,fattened cows etc and failing to demand justice from your government.
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5 Vs 21-24.
As a way of not only showing active solidarity with those killed and the bereaved families but also demanding justice from government in keeping with the just qouted scripture,share this with as many as you can.
God save Zimbabwe.