August 1 killings vigil: Police on high alert in CBD

There was heavy presence of armed police in the capital Thursday in anticipation of  potential unrest as civic organisations threatened to stage a demo in  commemoration of the infamous August 1 killings.

The August 1 protests were allegedly triggered by Tendai Biti’s premature announcement of the presidential results before they were out saying that the opposition leader Nelson Chamisa had won against President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The day remained etched in the minds of  many as there were six deaths and several injuries.

The opposition party supporters felt robbed and decided to stomp the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s results center at the Rainbow Towers demanding the release of the results which triggered the whole stampede in which everything turned violent with protesters throwing stones at the police . This led to the intervention of the army who started firing shots in the direction of innocent civilians killing.

However, it was business as usual as citizens carried on with their day to day activities.