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of MDC activists, Ndiweni and Sibanda callous
in Zimbabwe Coalition
June 18, 2007
The murder of two members
of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Edward Ndiweni and Albert
Sibanda in Matobo is callous and calculated to silence opposition
activists or any dissenters ahead of the general elections scheduled
for March next year.
Whilst we do not want
to pre-empt the investigations currently being carried out by the
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), the death of Ndiweni and Sibanda
is evidence that the infrastructure of violence is still intact
and paints a grim picture of next year's elections.
The Crisis Coalition
demands fuller investigations into the cause of the death of two
MDC activists and urges government to disband the youth militia
and other vigilante groups that are aligned to ZANU PF which have
been implicated in acts of terror before. We are also concerned
that reports on violence that have been produced by credible NGOs
like the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum on a monthly basis have
not been followed up by law enforcement agencies in the country.
Maiming, abduction, torture
and disappearance of opposition activists and government's
inaction in bringing perpetrators to book have largely contributed
to the culture of impunity in Zimbabwe. The government is under
obligation to protect the rights of citizens, including the inalienable
right to life which is provided for in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
The Coalition urges government
to take urgent steps in as expeditious a manner as possible to protect
citizens from criminals who kill to safeguard their political interests.
In this vein, we feel that police must come up with something within
a week's time that will give a clue as to who murdered Ndiweni
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