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ZURA statement on disturbances in Harare
February 08, 2011
United Residents Association's (ZURA) board, its national
membership and technical team are concerned with the disturbances
in Harare, in particular in Mbare and the city center. While the
perpetrators are known Zanu PF activists it is disheartening that
our police have done nothing to defend innocent residents who continue
to bear the brunt of organized political violence at the hands of
hired militias. At least 200 people have either been displaced from
their homes or have been arbitrarily arrested.
The Association is also concerned that the activities of law abiding
and rate paying business people are being disturbed all in the name
of politics. This comes barely two weeks since a group of marauding
Zanu PF activist's invaded
Safari lodges along Lake Chivero under the indigenization facade.
Prompting, Deputy President Joyce Mujuru to apologize, yet the police
have done little to arrest the culprits. Interestingly, behind this
indigenization farce is massive looting and primitive accumulation
by our national elites. The Association would like to caution that
these events are not obviously isolated; they are a reflection of
a broader Zanu PF strategy to use intimidation and violence as a
means to browbeat residents from participating in national issues.
We understand that Zanu PF has begun its campaign for elections
in their traditional style. In light of these developments, the
Association makes the following demands,
- The Associations
condemns in the strongest terms this culture of lawlessness, impunity
and a total disregard of human dignity in our national politics.
We condemn the current campaign by Zanu PF to intimidate and harass
innocent and defenseless citizens. We thus call upon the Principals
in the inclusive government to reign on the chaos and fear that
has gripped our communities. Further, we call upon the police
to be professional and arrest these militias who have led to over
200 people displaced from their homes.
- The Association
reiterates that Zimbabwe is not yet ready for elections. If at
all, the events of the last few days have confirmed this demand.
Our country needs fundamental reforms that include repeal of repressive
legislature, like POSA,
among others. The voters roll also needs to be cleaned and the
constitutional process concluded before meaningful elections are
- The Portfolio
Committee on Defense and Security must compel the Co-Ministers
of Home Affairs to immediately setup a Commission of Inquiry that
must thoroughly investigate the violence and chaos that has gripped
our country and report to parliament and the public within two
- In light
of the above, ZURA calls on SADC the guarantors of the Global
Political Agreement, through its mediator President Zuma to
immediately arrest the tide of violence; reminiscent of the June
2008 that has gripped our country.
- That the
policies of indigenization and land reform which are noble ideas,
be carried out in a non-partisan and transparent manner, and that
these policies be coherent with the existing progressive ideals
of a democratic developmental state that seeks to genuinely empower
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