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  • Statement on the death of Gift Tandari
    Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET)
    March 13, 2007

    The Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust is greatly perturbed by the untimely death of Gift Tandari one of ZIMCET's peace committee member from Glen View 3. He was shot dead during the weekend when the police had running battles with leaders of the Save Zimbabwe campaign and their followers in Highfields. The young man's unnecessary death is highly deplorable and ZIMCET once again calls upon the police to exercise due caution in the discharge of their duties.

    The police had no justification to fire live ammunition and should never do so. They have sufficient means at their disposal to control crowds no matter how rowdy, especially since there were children who were allegedly being used as human shield by the demonstrators. Teargas, water canons or even rubber bullets could have achieved better results. In the same vein the assault on some police officers is also condemned as this fuels the antagonism. Human life is sacrosanct and the right to life can never be abrogated.

    Gift Tandari leaves behinds a wife and three very young children. The police have shown great impunity by not even bothering sending a message of condolence to the family of the bereaved. It is the duty of the State to serve and protect all its citizens beyond any other secondary considerations. Citizens are now living in fear, not of an enemy invader but of the very people who are supposed to be protecting them.

    ZIMCET would like to commend all the NGOs who have taken up the case and are currently seeking redress over this immense injustice. It is, however, disheartening to note that law enforcement agents are now developing a trend of ignoring court rulings and taking the law into their own hands.

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