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Multi-Stakeholders peace meeting
June 25, 2013
More than 200
Lupane residents, villagers, traditional leaders, civil society
leaders, councilors, JOMIC representatives, and political parties’
representatives from MDC, Zanu-PF, ZAPU and MDC-T participated in
a Multi-stakeholder peace meeting organised by Lupane Agenda at
Kusile Rural District Council (RDC) Hall last Friday (21 June).
The main objective of the meeting was to promote peace and tolerance
Below are the
major highlights of the meeting;
date: NANGO Chairperson Effie Ncube, who had been invited to give
on preparations for elections and civil society position,
urged citizens to be ready for elections as, despite large cries
on the need to extend the election date so as to allow implementation
of the key reforms that may lead to the creation of a conducive
environment for free and fair elections, it is still up to an
already compromised Constitutional Court to extend the election
violence: Participants challenged political parties to put in
place disciplinary measures to deal with their party supporters
who would have perpetrated violence during elections. The parties,
albeit unconvincing, then pledged to ensure that their members
do not engage in violence and would be punished if they did.
pointed out that elections come and go and therefore communities
should not be divided by election but rather be cohesive and work
together despite political differences for the development of
- They also
urged citizens to respect each other’s right and freedom
of association and choice especially during elections as this
is the beginning of promotion of local democracy.
leaders’ partisan conduct was condemned and they were urged
to be exemplary by carrying out their mandate in a non-partisan
manner and promote peace and tolerance in their communities.
- Access to
information on socio-political developments: Participants called
for media reforms so as to promote diversity and coverage of all
social groups, increased information access especially on the
promotion of peace towards elections. They complained about the
continued abuse of public media, especially ZBC that has been
used as a propaganda tool for Zanu-PF.
progressed well until the Lupane Police and Office of the President
members disrupted it 30 minutes before its end in response to the
arrival of around 100 MDC-T activists who were expecting to be addressed
by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the same venue. BA’s
understanding had been that the PM’s meeting was scheduled
to start at around 2pm, after the BA meeting had ended.
A Public Meeting
that was scheduled for Saturday was cancelled after it emerged that
the PM had postponed his Lupane meeting from Friday (21/06/13) to
Saturday 10 am at the same venue. To avoid confusion in terms of
ownership and participation of the two meetings, BA decided to call
off the meeting to allow the Prime Minister to round-up his tour.
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