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Politics turn brother against brother
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 08, 2010
Brother turned against
brother following brawl that erupted during a constitution outreach
meeting in Chikomba.
MDC T supporter in Chikomba
Kemson Chikasha of Sadza district lost some of his teeth for speaking
out his view during the meeting. Chikasha was attacked by his brother,
a headman and a staunch ZANU PF supporter for going for going against
ZANU PF command that only indoctrinated selected persons could speak
out during the COAPC facilitated meeting.
Reports of violence have
become rampant since the beginning of the outreach meetings. In
areas like Shamva in Mashonaland Central, the participating environment
is tense and the answers prescribed. People are not at liberty to
air out their views and what they would want included in the new
member in ward 10 in Shamva has reported that at every meeting,
eight people are deployed, comprising two CIOs and six Border Gezi
trained youths for intimidation. These individuals are contributing
the same answers to popularize ZANU PF ideology, shadowing other
voices. The presence of the state agents instills fear amongst the
people, taking them back to the dreadful experiences of the 2008
election violence. As a result, people have become reluctant
to participate. However some individuals are braving up and airing
out their views despite all the intimidation.
n Zimbabwe leaves a lot to be desired. While some are making great
efforts in coming up with a people
driven constitution, others waste resources and efforts on intimidation
and disrupting the process. ZimRights denounces those who seek to
manipulate the process for their own selfish interests. A constitution
cannot be created based on individual or party motives. It is a
law that should govern Zimbabweans, who are living today and those
to be born in future generations.
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