The November edition of Heal Zimbabwe’s Community Newsletter is out. This edition highlights how impunity is sustaining political violence in the country, the resurgence of politically motivated violence and emphasises how independent commissions like the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission must be impartial in the exercise of their duties. To get more on these and other issues read on.
A Culture of Impunity in Zimbabwe Fuels Political Violence
Political parties including ZANU PF and MDC- Alliance have accepted that Zimbabwe’s legacy of violence and the entrenched culture of impunity are the primary causes of continued political and electoral violence. During a Peace and Social Cohesion Dialogue Series conducted by Heal Zimbabwe in partnership with Zimbabwe Television Network (ZTN) on 21 October 2021 there was concurrence among participants on the need to end politically motivated violence. Participants at the dialogue included ZANU PF Secretary for Legal Affairs, Paul Mangwana, Labour, Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) President, Linda Masarira, MDC Alliance Deputy National Chairperson, Job Sikhala and Kwanele Hlabangana from the Political Actors Dialogue
Masvingo Violence Exposes Insincerity by Political Parties on the Need for Peaceful 2023 Elections
Heal Zimbabwe condemns in the strongest terms political violence that took place in Masvingo Province as MDC Alliance President, Nelson Chamisa was on his way to meet community leaders in Charumbira on 11 October 2020.An estimated number of about 200 ZANU PF members barricaded the road, stoned cars and assaulted MDC Alliance members. Later in the day, riot police fired tear gas canisters at a private residence in Masvingo urban where MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa was addressing a meeting.
Electoral and Politically Motivated Violence Resurgence
Zimbabwe is scheduled to conduct its general elections in 2023 and political parties are already focused on internal party restructuring and voter mobilization. The two main parties ZANU PF and the MDC Alliance are intensifying their voter mobilization initiatives in rural areas since relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures in September . Both parties launched aggressive campaigns with ZANU PF targeting 5 million voters while the MDC Alliance is targeting 6 million voters. Young people and rural constituencies are their prime targets.
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Source: Heal Zimbabwe Trust