Team Pachedu runs parallel shootings inquiry

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The picture of a soldier in kneeling position while shooting at fleeing civilians, while a colleague rushes to stop him during MDC Alliance protests that turned violent in the capital on August 1

A TEAM of human rights defenders, data and science experts, Team Pachedu, has upped the tempo in the inquiry of the post-elections fatal shootings of August 1 which left seven people dead, by opening its own inquiry which will run parallel to the independent commission of inquiry appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Team Pachedu said it would be using modern science and investigative tools which would see the team recreate events that unfolded from the morning of August 1 until armed soldiers came in to quell opposition supporters’ demonstrations using lethal force.

Pachedu said it had a forensic sub-team which would be using geo-tagging, facial and pattern recognition to recreate a three-dimensional space-time model of the events and has since launched a crowd-sourcing platform to allow for the collection of pictorial and video evidence.

“Investigative crowd-sourcing will help us know who did what, when and where. There’s a lot of footage out there. Our hope is to be able to survey it to get an overall view and if we manage to get all the data, we will put it in the public domain so that fellow Zimbabweans can appreciate what really happened,” the internet-based team said.

Team Pachedu has indicated that it is worried that the commission of inquiry, led by former South Africa President Kgalema Motlanthe, could gloss over what happened, given that two of the three local members of the commission had alleged Zanu PF links. In a detailed graph, the team listed the close links that the three commissioners allegedly had with Zanu PF.

The MDC Alliance, which has been blamed by Zanu PF for instigating the violence, has already raised concern about the commissioners, particularly losing presidential candidate Lovemore Madhuku and Zanu PF member Charity Manyeruke, whom they want removed from the probe team.

Other members of the team are Rodney Dickson (Queen’s Counsel, United Kingdom), Davis Mwamunyange (former Chief of Defence Forces, Tanzania), Nigerian Emeka Anyaoku (former Commonwealth secretary-general) as well as Law Society of Zimbabwe former president Vimbai Nyemba.

Madhuku said there was nothing wrong with any interested parties conducting their own investigations into what happened on August 1.

“We understand the terms of reference are to investigate what happened and find facts relating to the violence of August 1. That is all that has to be investigated. The commission does not stop any person or Zimbabwean from still looking at other issues related to the violence. This is one attempt to say what happened and is coming from the commission and we will see what comes out, but others can still do their own investigations in their own frameworks and still publish their own results, this is not stopping anyone,” he said.

Information deputy minister Energy Mutodi said Team Pachedu could go ahead with its own investigation, but it is not official and will not guide the government’s response.

“It has nothing to do with government. Maybe they have their own audience, one which we cannot envisage, but government has appointed a commission whose findings will be official and will guide government response,” he said.

8 COMMENTS

  1. whatever and whoever carry what probe the zimbabweans know what happened even if you engage vendors ,street kids etc on a one on one they will confide to anyone who cares the truth and the truth is not going to be changed by the various probes irrespective of who is funding the investigation

  2. Broke thugs always have tricks to milk donors.The truth is known. Carry on. Katurike kadonha mutakuri avhunduka.

  3. Team Pachedu veMDC investigating themselves! The circus continues! We know Biti & Chidziva were behind the thuggery that cost 6 lives. We also know that Team Pachedu consists of MDC activists masquerading as experts. Let me tell you for sure that they are pathetic experts even by the very low standards of the MDC.

    The wise see the need for the commission to complete their inquiry and report back to us. But Idiots just saw soldiers pulling the trigger but being idiots we don’t expect them to see the real story of “kudira jecha muupfu”!

    • Who ordered the pulling of the trigger Musona, the President and the CDF have all denied saka we need that name. It is also in public domain that the army has disowned the soldiers that shoot.

    • Who ordered the pulling of the trigger Musona, the President and the CDF have all denied saka we need that name. It is also in public domain that the army has disowned the soldiers that shoot. So you want us to blame who, the shooter or shot?

  4. Whats so difficult with these fellas submitting their finds to the commission if they are sincere about the truth coming out.Their technology can help it understand things better. But again these are the same guys who gave us fictitious evidence during the concourt hearing, upon which Chamisa built his non-existent case.

  5. Who ordered the pulling of the trigger Musona, the President and the CDF have all denied saka we need that name. It is also in public domain that the army has disowned the soldiers that shoot.

  6. MDC-A and experts. By the way what happen to the anti-rigging experts and the statistics expert from kenya after the ConCourt case.

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