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Liberators Platform condemns violence gripping nation
Nenji, Zimbabwe Liberators Platform (ZLP)
April 24, 2007
Liberators Platform (ZLP), an organisation formed by genuine former
liberation war fighters to advocate for peace, democracy and good
governance has noted with deep concern the alarming rise in state
sponsored violence since the beginning of the year. People have
been shot dead without cause.
There have been
abductions, arbitrary arrests and torture in police custody, grievous
assaults, intimidation and harassment of leaders of the opposition
and their general membership, labour and civil society activists
perpetrated by the police and state security agents. The trend continues
As true and
genuine former freedom fighters, ZLP consistently espouses the original
values and ideals of the national liberation struggle that was waged
for freedom, democracy, social justice and respect for human dignity.
ideals, for which many sacrificed life and limb have now fallen
victim to the pursuit of power, narrow partisan interests greed
and an insatiable pursuit of personal wealth.
The lofty ideals
have to all intents and purposes been divested of their original
revolutionary and progressive content only to survive as a vestigial
rhetorical and demagogic framework for window-dressing and grandstanding
at national occasions and for whipping up emotions and raising the
political temperature during elections.
in the strongest terms all forms of violence being perpetrated against
innocent, peace-loving and defenceless members of society all in
the defence of personal power and self aggrandisement.
We as genuine
former liberation war fighters, are deeply saddened by this state
sponsored terror committed on the pretext of advancing and protecting
the interests of the national liberation struggle.
The law no longer
stands respected with court orders being flagrantly ignored thereby
compromising and undermining the role and function of the judiciary,
an important pillar of any democratic system.
generally reigns for patronage purposes for the ruling elite despite
public admission of plundering of national resources on a grand
All these wanton
actions in clear betrayal of the ideals of the liberation struggle
are eloquent testimony to the hijacking of the liberation struggle
by self-seeking nationalists. Zimbabwe’s greatest tragedy is the
continuation of an erstwhile nationalist leadership devoid of any
interest to deliver the gains of liberation to the people.
the liberation struggle and its virtues has characteristically been
privatised and commercialised to serve the ruling elite.
liberation effort and its outcome have tragically been hijacked
and transformed into a personal project to serve individual interests.
This is a gross insult to the memory and contribution of Zimbabwe’s
living and fallen heroes.
Liberators Platform and all self-respecting former freedom fighters
wish to distance themselves from the ongoing violence and the attendant
betrayal of everything we fought for.
We call for
the nation to refocus on the original values, aims, objectives,
and ideals of the national liberation struggle. We implore all Zimbabweans
and genuine former freedom fighters to remain steadfast in the face
of this naked provocation and repression.
The day of reckoning
is surely visible on the horizon.
We urge the
government of Zimbabwe and the ruling party to respect the dignity
of all the country’s citizens; to desist from arbitrary arrests,
abductions, torture and harassment of the country’s citizens; to
be tolerant of dissension and divergent views and to respect the
views and opinions of its suffering citizens.
That is the
hallmark of political maturity and genuine democracy. The government
and the ruling party can only ignore this call at their own peril
as historically, the triumph of the wishes of the people is inevitable.
would like to express its solemn solidarity with all parties to
the ongoing initiative to resolve the national crisis. We extend
our sincere heartfelt sympathy to all the victims of wanton state
Nenji is ZLP Chairman
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