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Police, traditional leaders blamed for political violence
Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 05, 2011
pointed out as one of the agents fuelling political related violence.
This was during a human rights awareness meeting held by ZimRights
at Kakora Secondary School in Chiweshe. Kakora residents confessed
that they have ceased to rely on police for fair law enforcement.
Selective application of the law has since become the norm, with
many having suffered at the hands of the police due to their "unfavourable"
political affiliation. Alleged and confirmed non ZANU PF supporters'
cases are neglected by police for long periods of time without any
efforts from the police to execute justice where it is due.
also cited political immaturity as a major setback in the development
of the country and democracy.
Chiefs were also said to be politically biased. Participants highlighted
that it is important for traditional leaders to be able to differentiate
between politics and the obligation that they have towards their
people. This was stated as one of the major reasons why most leaders
are failing. Participants emphasized and encouraged headman to serve
their community rather than political party interests. One major
example is the allocation of donated goods. Kakora residents highlighted
instead of selecting the people in need of the donations within
their communities some headman are giving donations to people from
their political party. This has been most evident in areas where
the headman is a ZANU PF loyalist. They said ZANU PF headmen are
only distributing government subsidies to ZANU PF supporters who
are in their political party's books.
in Chiweshe drew people from different pressure groups amongst them
community leaders. There were 7 headman (names withheld), the councilor,
4 health committee members, 2 church representatives. With all these
representatives present, divergent views and solutions were shared
on how to uphold human rights, improve the human rights situation,
while simultaneously developing their communities.
to the police and traditional leaders to have justice tolerance,
mutual respect and human dignity in all activities. Political parties
must desist from encouraging political violence as this has adverse
effects on development in communities. State institutions such as
the police must be apolitical serve and protect the interests of
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