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Statement on the death of Christpower Maisiri, son of MDC-T Headlands
district deputy organizing secretary
February 25, 2013
The U.S. Embassy
extends its condolences to the Maisiri family in Headlands on the
February 23 death of their 12-year-old son, Christpower Simbarashe
Maisiri, in a terrible fire that is currently under investigation.
Christpower's father is a Manicaland local official of the
MDC-T party, and his home and family have been the target of political
violence on multiple occasions over the past decade.
This tragic death presents
an opportunity to the Government of Zimbabwe and the Joint Monitoring
and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), which are responsible in part
for creating and promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding
between the political parties, to demonstrate their commitment to
justice by swiftly and professionally investigating the circumstances
that led to the death of this child.
If this was a case of
arson, particularly if it was politically motivated, swift professional
law enforcement work to bring the perpetrators to justice is vital
to reassuring Zimbabweans that their political leaders sincerely
want, and will insist on, peace and peaceful elections in 2013.
We call on the Zimbabwe Republic Police to conduct a thorough investigation
of this case and, it if is determined to be arson, to hold all responsible
for this atrocity to account.
brings its Global Political
Agreement to an end, non-partisan, efficient, and professional
law enforcement is critical to gaining the confidence of the Zimbabwean
people, neighboring countries, and the international community.
Respect for the rule of law and apolitical policing are also essential
for creating the conditions for credible and non-violent Zimbabwean
elections later this year.
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