Hundreds Attend Memorial Service of Slvia Maposa Shot in Public Army Killings

Sylvia Maposa memorial

Zimbabweans gathered in their Hundreds in Harare’s Waterfalls suburb to remember the late Sylvia Maposa, who was gunned down by the Zimbabwe National Army soon after the July 30 harmonised elections.

Sylvia Maposa described as hard-working and God-fearing Zimbabweans. “She was full of love, feared God, worked hard for her family and was a charming woman.” Her mother-in-law said.

Her relatives declined to discuss anything related to her death and memorial service.

Maposa, who worked for the Zimbabwe National Water Authority, was shot dead on August 1st this year during a protest via some political activists in Harare that were unhappy over delays by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release presidential election results.

Five other innocent Zimbabweans were killed in the shootings later described by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as “regrettable”. The Zimbabwean president has since set up a commission of inquiry into the killings.

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa has promised to make the findings public though some people say he may not do so if he is cited in the killings. Mnangagwa who was once state security minister in the1980s has been accused of being part of the Gukurahundi massacres that led to the death of an estimated 20,000 between 1983 and 1987.

Mugabe said the killings were “an act of madness” but did not apologise for the atrocities until he was removed from power by the military aided by parliament and peaceful public protests.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of the presidential election by the Constitutional Court after his opponent, Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, filed a court application opposing the poll results.

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The Constitutional Court rejected the case saying it lacked concrete evidence of alleged massive rigging by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in favour of the ruling Zanu PF party.