The seven-member Commission of Inquiry into the post election violence that occurred in Harare will commence public hearings this coming Tuesday, the 16th of October at a local hotel in Harare, amid revelations of overwhelming submissions by members of the public and institutions.
From the 23rd of last month until yesterday, members of the commission’s secretariat have been receiving submissions from institutions and members of the public.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabhiza said the response has been overwhelming and public hearings are commencing this coming Tuesday.
The high-powered Commission of Inquiry led by former South African president Mr Kgalema Mohlante is tasked with investigating circumstances that led to the death of six people following violent protests that rocked Harare on the 1st of August.
While all the deaths occurred in the capital, the commission is scheduled to visit provinces across the country as they intend to listen to all views from a wide section of the Zimbabwean population.
Chairman of the commission Mr Motlanthe called upon all Zimbabweans to embrace and fully participate in the work of the commission.
The decision to appoint a Commission of Inquiry has been applauded by many and the composition of the team which is made up of reputable, high profile persons is expected to deliver a credible report.
The appointment is also a demonstration of functional institutions that put emphasis on accountability and transparency.
Other members of the commission include an international law expert Mr Rodney Dixon from the United Kingdom, former Commonwealth secretary-general Chief Emeka Anyaoku from Nigeria, UZ lecturers Professors Charity Manyeruke and Lovemore Madhuku, former chief of defence forces of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces Retired General Davis Mwamunyange and former president of the Law Society of Zimbabwe Mrs Vimbai Nyemba.