Polad condemns political violence

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Gweru (New Ziana) – Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) on Friday added its voice to condemnations of emerging incidents of politically motivated violence in the country ahead of general elections scheduled for mid-year.

Earlier in the week, social media was awash with videos of an incident of politically motivated violence in Murehwa, Mashonaland East province.

Police confirmed the videos and said arrests had been made.

“We condemn political violence in all its forms. There should be no place for it in Zimbabwean politics. This year we want a peaceful, free and fair election,” Polad principal, Trust Chikohora said.

“People should be able to freely choose leaders of their choice without any fear. That is what we all need, a free and prosperous nation enjoying the fruits of independence,” he added.

He said perpetrators of political violence must face the full wrath of the law.

The ruling ZANU PF party has also condemned the Murewa violence, echoing President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s repeated calls for a violence-free election this year.

Polad was formed in 2018 to promote inter-party dialogue on pertinent national issues, and political harmony in the country.

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