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Crisis in Zimbabwe holds a briefing meeting in Masvingo
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 23, 2011

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition held a civil society briefing with a cross section of the Masvingo civic society representatives. 42 people attended with 20 being women and 22 men. Attendants also included the Deputy Mayor if Masvingo and 6 councillors. Organisations represented were ZIMRIGHTS, Women's Coalition, Masvingo City Council, ZPP, MDC, ZINASU, ZIMCET, NANGO and PTUZ. The meeting was aimed at interrogating the issues of political violence and continuous arrests of human rights defenders and opposition activists in Masvingo province. The meeting also sought to come up with a coordinated CSO response to political violence and opening up democratic space before elections.

Participants noted that there was growing concern around the province over Jabulani Sibanda's terror campaign which was said to have spread throughout the whole province. Civic in Masvingo also hailed the Coalition for its Anti-Violence Campaign as well as its ABASHA POSA campaign which were reviewed as a clear and direct way of dealing with these injustices. The Coalition's youth committee chairperson Thulani Mswelanto also addressed members on initiatives by his organisation bent on combating violence by engaging district leaders of the three main political parties.

Participants concurred that Chivi, Gutu and Zaka were the province's main hotpots where people are constantly living in fear of being arrested because of political affiliation. They went on to name the M.P and Senator responsible for this outrageous campaign as Hon Trainos Hungwe and Senator Josiah Hungwe respectively. Participants recommended that:

  • The Coalition pursues at a large scale its naming and shaming campaign.
  • The Coalition reactivates the networking diary so as to serve as a nerve centre for CSOs.
  • The Coalition engages the parliamentary portfolio committee on home affairs on the issue of individual security of persons regardless of political affiliation.
  • The Coalition puts in place an initiative to engage Chiefs in and around the province on issues of political violence as they prove to be influential in society.
  • Members inform each other on running or prospective programmes in the hotspots so that a coordinated approach is put in place.
  • Members confront known perpetrators such as Jabulani Sibanda by attending their meetings and ridiculing.

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