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'Mnangagwa risks trial for killing protestors'

President Emmerson Mnangagwa might be tried for incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters in August 2018 and January 2019 exiled Professor Jonathan Moyo has said.

Commenting after Sudan's public prosecutor has charged ousted President Omar al-Bashir with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters Prof. Moyo said, "An important development. Legally, Mnangagwa faces exactly the same situation for the killing of civilians in the streets of Harare on 1 August 2018 and nationwide on 14-28 January 2019."

In August 2018 Mnangagwa sanctioned the deployment of the army which killed half a dozen of post-election protestors and in January scores were killed by soldiers while others were injured for protesting against the price of fuel.

Al-Bashir's charges stem from an inquiry into the death of a medic killed during protests that led to the end of his rule in April.

He is also facing an investigation over allegations of money laundering and terror financing.

In December, protesters started demonstrating against a government decision to triple the price of bread. The protests soon morphed into widespread anger against the president's 30-year rule, led by doctors.

Five weeks into the protests, on 17 January, witnesses said state forces fired live ammunition at protesters and killed a doctor.
He was been treating injured protesters in his home in Khartoum when police fired tear gas into the building.

The protesters later staged a sit-in outside the military headquarters to demand the military force the president out.

A military council assumed power on 11 April, but demonstrators are insisting that it hands over to a civilian administration.

Talks between the military and an opposition coalition have been taking place in an effort to establish a joint transitional body to run the country.

Ironically President Mnangagwa threatened to go after the doctors and lawyers who assisted the victims during the January protests that saw the government shutting down internet before killing its citizens.

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