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ZINASU condemns violence
National Students Union
June 10, 2013
like to condemn the acts of violence that where perpetrated against
a Zimbabwe Independent journalist, Hebert Moyo by youths belonging
to the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai late last week as well as reports
of violence in the Manicaland primary elections. As the Union our
position is that violence has been at the centre of our national
challenges and any form of violence must not be condoned if our
nation is to develop meaningfully. We further reinforce that the
MDC must prove to be different from Zanu-PF not only in words but
in deeds, we expect the MDC to live the true meaning of its peace
pledge to the people of Zimbabwe.
We understand that the violent acts of the obviously misguided youths
may have been spontaneous and without sanction of the top leadership
of the party, but still we are waiting to see and hear swift decisive
disciplinary action being taken to root out these unruly malcontents
who have surely tainted the image of the party which looks forward
to forming the next government. Further Zinasu hopes to see various
peace building initiatives being taken to the grassroots across
Zimbabwe as a way to laying a strong foundation for peace. We also
want to warn those in leadership who may be tempted to resorting
to the dark art of violence that those who have sought power by
riding the back of a tiger oftentimes find themselves in its jaws.
While violence may yield temporary and fast political scores it
tends to haunt its perpetrators in the long run hence we urge political
leaders in the party to embrace the tenants of democracy and transformation
that they preach everyday.
It is therefore imperative that the MDC deals with those responsible
in a manner that is satisfactory to the public eye and that sets
the record clear that violence of any form is not to be tolerated
If this issue is not dealt with in a satisfactory manner, the MDC
risks being viewed in the same light as Zanu-PF which is blamed
for most of the political violence that takes place in Zimbabwe
and for generally advancing a violent political culture.
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