Law society condemns Murehwa political violence reports

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Harare (New Ziana)- The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) on Thursday added to its voice in condemning political violence and urged the police to deal with perpetrators in order to rid the country of the crime ahead of the electioneering season.

Zimbabwe expects to hold general elections later this year.

In a statement condemning last week’s viral incident where elderly people were assaulted in Murehwa, Mashonaland East province, the society said it noted with grave concern reports of what seems to be an escalation of political violence in some parts of the country.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police have since arrested a 67- year-old man in connection with the Murehwa violence.

“While police have indicated publicly that they are investigating the case and have issued an update on the progress made to date, it is important that stakeholders raise the red flag immediately in order to have such deplorable conduct nipped in the bud. This is even more so given that we are in an election year.

“The outbreak of violence is disconcerting to anyone who wishes Zimbabwe well. The scourge of political violence has continued to be a blot on our electoral processes for decades and given indications of political will to end it, it is important that decisive action be taken now to end it.

“We urge police to act with speed to bring to account those implicated in the Murewa violence as a way of sending a clear message to all and sundry against such actions,” it said.

The LSZ also called on all political leaders to commit to non-violence not only in word but also in deed.

“Insincere public pronouncements against political violence will not end the vice,” it said.

“Politicians must stop speaking with forked tongues, declaring commitments to a violent-free election by day while coaxing their supporters to terrorise citizens by night. Zimbabwe now more than ever needs its leaders across the political divide to show maturity and leadership. If the country is to reap the rewards of the country’s engagement and re-engagement thrust as espoused by the government, it is important that all actions are synchronised to achieve the goals of this policy.”

Previous elections in Zimbabwe were marred by violence, intimidation and misinformation which resulted in disputed outcomes.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on record condemning political violence and has promised to deliver free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.

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