Doctors lift lid on August 1 shootings

HARARE - 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.

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) said the military had, in one of the ugly incidents witnessed, forcefully taken away a body from the morgue, in a desperate bid to “tamper with evidence”.

ZADHR worked with other medical professionals in the gathering of the evidence for their report.

“The report contains all the post-election medical compilations attended to by ZADHR from August 2018 to September 2018.

“There were people who were beaten on August 1 by soldiers and we attended to 11 cases of gunshot wounds, and these people had stories to tell on how they were shot and injured.

“Some of them were just people doing their usual business in town and it is detailed in our report,” ZADHR treasurer Norman Matara said at the launch of the report.

He said guns, sjambocks, stones and other unknown objects were reported to be among the choice weapons used on the victims.

Matara also revealed that the government had tried to tamper with evidence of the killings, by sending State agents to take away a body from the examination room after the August 1 violence.

“Medical doctors didn’t know how to examine the bodies after the shooting from soldiers.

“When one of our colleagues arrived to attend to one of the bodies to ascertain the injuries, there was someone who came in a suit, a State agent, who was actually victimising the doctor. And they actually took the body away.

“So, there was a lot of pressure from the State on government doctors and this is a big issue in medicine,” Matara said.

In one incident, doctors also alleged that one of the government’s pathologists had tried to conceal the cause of death on one of the people shot on August 1 — by “falsifying” the death diagnosis report.

Matara said that the pathologist in question had since retracted the report after pressure from the victim’s family and ZADHR.

ZADHR vice chairperson Fungisai Mazhandu — who is a psycho-analyst — said that many victims were still recovering from the post-traumatic stress from the violence that they suffered.

All this comes after violence broke out in Harare on August 1 when thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police — resulting in the army’s intervention, and leaving at least six people dead and dozens others injured from gun shots.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa subsequently appointed a Commission of Inquiry to probe the deadly shootings.

The commission is chaired by former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Comments (5)

And these evil people want to rule us? No.

Inyika - 16 November 2018

I have been telling people that this current govt is so evil. After killing civilians they had the guts to go to the hospital and try to conceal the evidence. Anyone in his normal sense cant support such kind of heartless people. Vana mai vavo nana baba vavo dai vakashandisa macondoms to prevent this sons of the devils into this world. If ED and his team were real human beings they could have resigned but alas to them is normal while he quickly forgets how he ran away with his life from Mugabe. ED urimuroyi, evil master

Gumbo - 16 November 2018

It is unfortunately those who able to seethe evil,uroi and satanism of others before God,If its true for those who foreseen those images before Mighty let them pray for peace and unit among us and cast out that devil out among us but if it is through motion and feel then the devil and evil is divided us where we can not able to seen the good and bad of us even one is born again because hostile is seeded us till death. The question is how can stop infightings like brothers and sisters of one father and mother with same totem?

Musha - 16 November 2018

ZANU PF has failed to reform and even during the war innocent people were killed on false accusations of being a Sell-out.

Eddy - 16 November 2018

It is not correct to say Doctors lift lid . You should tell the truth and say the Pressure group ZADHR has reported . The group is reporting hearsay . It is a shame that you want to mislead the readers .

Hayibo - 17 November 2018

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