In an interview with the BBC in Harare this Friday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Trade Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Sibusiso Moyo explained that the police constitutionally requested military back-up because they were over-stretched having manned up-to 11 000 polling station countrywide during the ended plebiscite.
“The law provides for military support to civil operations, they do so under the command of the police. The President has promised an independent enquiry, so let’s wait for the results”
Minister Moyo added that the regrettable loss of life should be contextualized realistically in unfolding volatile situation that had engulfed the capital.
“The situation in town was getting untenable, circumstances were different … it is premature to judge. The nation is going through an emotional process, following negative results for some,” he said.
The Minister dismissed assertions that there was discord in to the victorious ruling party’s leadership adding the stage is set for President-elect Cde. Mnangagwa to take full charge of the country’s destiny.
“Look, at one-point Obama (Former U.S. President Barack) won with 0.8%. President Emmerson Mnangagwa got full mandate with full executive powers and a 2/3rds majority, enough to change laws and leap frog the country forward … there is no coma of power” Dr. Moyo said.
The country witnesses a violence free run up to elections which was marred by violent protests on Wednesday and took the intervention of the military to quell.