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Peace building: A community effort
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
September 08, 2010
of Uzumba, under Headman Muswe of Mashonaland East have called for
peace building and other nation building activities to be community
events organised with the District Administrator's assistance.
This was agreed by a crowd of about seventy who converged for the
peace building public meeting at a homestead in the area.
The aim of the
meeting was to engage Uzumba residents and their leaders into a
peace building debate, so that at the end of the day they are able
to come up with the best remedies of peace building in their community,
and how they can sustain this spirit of peace within their society.
Thus during the discussion the people came up with their definition
of peace, identified elements of peace and peace barriers.
were no traditional leaders present the people highlighted that
peace can only come to pass through truth and reconciliation. Politics
was described as the main culprit to national instability. Residents
testified that they are turning against each other because they
are now relating on political grounds and are intolerant to different
political views they have. While people are beating each other and
destroying each other's property politicians continue to exploit
this situation for self-development. Politicians are only seen in
communities when they are campaigning and become strangers the moment
they are voted for.
served as an eye opener for most of the people. They concluded that
peace and development go beyond politics and that they are the main
actors in their community's future. Thus their community's
peace lies in their hands.
encouraged by the participants to intensify such awareness and development
programmes in the area. The few who were there also called for the
organisation to work with the DA in the future so that more people
are involved in these discussions which they tagged as very helpful.
They also said that this will encourage their traditional leaders
to participate and spearhead the programme in the long term and
also encourage other residents to participate freely.
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