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Peace Day commemorations go ahead despite attempts by ZANU PF MP
to disrupt the event
for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ)
September 28, 2012
by ZANU PF Member of Parliament for Hurungwe Frank Ndambakuwa to
disrupt the International Day of Peace commemorations organised
by the Centre for Community Development In Zimbabwe (CCDZ) failed
as participants refused to heed his calls to stop the event and
to beat up the organizers of the event held at Magunje yesterday.
The commemorations were attended by traditional leaders, political
parties, youths and women. Various local drama and dance groups
performed at the commemorations held at the Church of Christ at
Chanetsa in Magunje.
participants, CCDZ director Phillip Pasirayi urged traditional leaders,
youths and women to play their part in upholding peace within their
communities. "I have a special message for you today, that
we ought to all play our part in ensuring that the human rights
abuses such as rape, torture and murder that we continue to witness
in our communities is a thing of the past. Let us open a new chapter
in our country characterised by love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence".
that young people must not be used by politicians to perpetrate
violence against opponents. "To my brothers and sisters who
are gathered here- refuse to be used by politicians to beat up opponents.
Let's elevate our politics in Zimbabwe to that level where we can
view politics as a game of wits and not raise clenched fists to
CCDZ urged traditional
leaders to tell the young people about leaders to tell the young
people about the African concept of Ngozi (the avenging spirit).
Pasirayi said: "Isu takakura tichiudzwa nevakuru vedu kuti
munhu haungamuurayi senhunzi nekuti unopara ngozi (As we grew up
we were told not to kill someone because the person's avenging spirit
would haunt you)".
by ZANU PF MP for Magunje to disrupt the commemorations hit a snag
after participants refused to heed his calls to disrupt the event
and beat up CCDZ programme officers and community mobilisers. MP
Ndambakuwa tried to undo the speech that had been delivered by Pasirayi,
accusing CCDZ and the Zimbabwe
Human Rights Association (ZimRights) of "poisoning my constituency
and misleading my people".
A group of ZANU
PF youths who were taking instructions from MP Ndambakuwa and an
unidentified local businessman continued to mill around the venue
of the commemorations. They went to the nearby business centre to
recruit more youths to disrupt the event forcing CCDZ to end the
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