Chamisa vows to defy the Commission of Inquiry

By Bruce Zvandasara

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, his top lieutenants, Tendai Biti, and other opposition leaders implicated in post-election violence have vowed to defy the Kgalema Motlanthe led Commission’s subpoena to give evidence before the commission of inquiry into the August 1incidents.

Addressing journalists at a media briefing held at their party headquarters, Chamisa boldly declared that he would snub the Commission unless some legal issues have been addressed.

Chamisa disowned his party members who were implicated in the August 1 incidents arguing that his party does not plan flawed demonstrations and that he has no case to answer since his party did not organise the demonstrations against ZEC.

“It was very stupid and premature for people to demonstrate before election results were announced.

“We are a party of excellence and we organise elephant things not the stupid August 1 demonstrations. That was not us,” said Chamisa.

Various netizens have attacked the opposition leader for inciting his followers and yet he was enjoying the comfort of his home.

Witnesses who testified before the Commission of Inquiry placed highly ranked MDC officials at the centre of the demonstrations saying when the army intervened to restore order in the city, party members ran into Morgan Richard Tsvangirai for refuge.

Chamisa professed ignorance over the demonstrations when he declared to the auditorium that he had no information pertaining to the demonstrations and he was advised by someone when it was already in motion.

Chamisa said he would not attend the Commission of Inquiry hearings unless President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputies; Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and Vice President Kembo Mohadi are subpoenaed also.

Lately, the opposition has been lambasting the composition of the Commission of Inquiry which they say is biased particularly Professor Charity Manyeruke and Professor Lovemore Madhuku. The two commissioners are alleged to have conflicts of interests.

The MDC has taken a decision not to be part to the proceedings of the commission, dismissing it as a farce, set up with predetermined outcomes.