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Political violence surges; Zimbabwe not ready for elections
for Community Development in Zimbabwe
February 08, 2011
perpetrated against members of the public particularly members of
the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai shows that the country is not yet ready for elections.
The outbreak of violence and looting of small businesses in the
Central Business District in Harare by ZANU PF supporters bused
in from Mbare and other peri-urban farms in Harare South and West
shows that the country is not yet ready for elections.
of violence in Mbare and the intimidation of Harare civic leaders
and MDC supporters in the rural areas is a well-orchestrated attempt
by the ZANU PF regime to cow people into submission ahead of the
We call upon
the Inclusive government to reign in State security agents who are
reneging on their duty to protect people from misguided and bloodthirsty
thugs. The looting of property and small businesses in Harare all
in the name of politics does not help our economy which is struggling
to recover from a decade of neglect and bad governance.
by police to protect defenceless citizens from marauding ZANU PF
party activists is a serious indictment on the inclusive government.
We call upon the State authorities particularly Augustine Chihuri,
the Police Commissioner to ensure that the Zimbabwe Republic Police
(ZRP) conduct their duties in a professional manner as spelled out
in the Police Service Charter.
We note with
concern the failure by police to investigate reported cases of political
violence and the arrest of victims of violence instead of the perpetrators.
The violence is perpetrated with impunity by known youth militia
and other entities aligned to the ZANU PF party.
We call upon
the Unity government to fulfill the provisions of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA).We specifically demand the following;
- An investigation
by a committee of Parliament into the ongoing violence and arrest
of those politicians who are sponsoring these disturbances. We
ask parliament to investigate the conduct of war veteran Jabulani
Sibanda in Masvingo province, Brigadier Douglas Nyikayaramba in
Manicaland province and other public officials who have been linked
with political violence and intimidation of political opposition.
- That the
Co-ministers of Home affairs Madam Theresa Makone and Mr Kembo
Mohadi must denounce violence and re-assure the nation that ZRP
is still a national professional police force and not an extension
of ZANU PF.
- That the
MDC parties as critical partners in the unity government should
not agree to the ZANU PF agenda of an early snap election without
without key reforms. These reforms include but are not limited
to: a democratic Constitution; a clean and up-to-date voter's
roll; equal access to public media (television and radio) by all
political contestants; demilitarization of State institutions
including recalling soldiers who have been deployed to the countryside
to campaign for one of the political parties and an agreed to
criteria for demarcation of constituency boundaries to discourage
- Repeal of
unjust laws such as the Public
Order and Security Act, Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Interception
of Communications Act which deny Zimbabweans their fundamental
rights of freedom of association, assembly and expression.
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