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  • US statement on the alleged petrol bombing of the home of ZANU-PF official William Chapepa
    US Embassy
    March 13, 2013

    The Embassy of the United States of America is deeply concerned about the alleged petrol bombing of the home of ZANU-PF candidate William Chapepa in Makoni West on March 12. Chapepa is standing for election to become a councilor in Manicaland. He is now in hospital with serious burns as a result of the fire that is currently under investigation.

    As in the case of the death of the son of an MDC-T Headlands district deputy organizing secretary in February, this terrible occurrence is an opportunity for the Zimbabwe Republic Police to conduct a thorough investigation, and, if it is determined to be arson, to hold all responsible for this atrocity to account. 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.

    As Zimbabwe 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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