Statement to Mark Independence Day: Zimbabwe Needs Healing

GALZ joins the nation in commemorating 39 years of independence from minority rule. GALZ applauds the courageous efforts of men and women, past and present that have fought and continue to fight for the total liberation of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is in dire need of healing from the wounds of her past and present challenges. The current political and social environment does not help to rebuild the confidence of the nation and the world towards Zimbabwe returning to peace and stability. Zimbabwe’s political leaders need to provide leadership in overcoming Zimbabwe’s challenges in areas such as violence, unemployment, education and health rather than fostering antipathy and intolerance. The immediate challenge the nation is facing is overcoming these social deprivations.

GALZ is concerned by the prevailing harsh economic environment that has impacted negatively on Zimbabwean citizenry. This situation has affected the Zimbabwean populace’s ability to enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms which are a key tenant of Independence. Despite the great strides taken to ensure total independence and equal opportunities for all Zimbabweans by Government and various stakeholders, GALZ notes that a large section of the population still experiences difficulties in enjoying the fruits of this hard-won Independence that they are entitled to as equal citizens in Zimbabwe.

We encourage the President to strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and respect. We call on the leadership to desist from making statements and actions likely to promote hate and prejudice. Zimbabwe needs to transition from a period characterized by hate, violence and economic suffering and move towards national healing.

It is time the Zimbabwean Government reflects seriously on its thinking around human rights for all including those of its LGBTI citizens and speedily implement measures which proactively encourage a culture of meaningful human rights protection in this country.

We never lose hope Zimbabwe!

Source: GALZ

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