HARARE - The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), a human rights watchdog, says Zanu PF should put a leash on its “rowdy members” who last week allegedly disrupted a rally by former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First supporters in Harare’s Glen View suburb.
The attack on ZPF came barely a fortnight after the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC supporters were also beaten up by suspected Zanu PF youths in Mbare.
“ZPP condemns the acrimony which betrays an ingrained and unrelenting intolerance in the rank and file of the ruling party which continuously prevents it from brooking alternative voices,” the organisation said in a statement.
It urged Zanu PF to rein in its members and deal decisively with violence.
“The injuries sustained by victims, the damage to vehicles and other items, as well as the general panic and disturbances as a result of the violence could have been avoided and have no place in modern politics where people are supposed to be tolerant, accept multiplicity and diversity,” it said.
The organisation further said that the Constitution provided for multiple and divergent voices in the political sphere, which the Zanu PF activists are muzzling.
“The continued disregard of the Constitution flies in the face of all tenets of democracy and permanently blots the canvas of the country’s body politic, which is very regrettable.
“The absence of curtailing action by the ruling party’s leadership, suggests that violence is in fact ignored if not outrightly condoned.”
ZPP further called for the sanctioning of perpetrators of political violence, intimidation and other forms of harassment at party level.
It demanded relevant law enforcement agents to take action against political violence perpetrators without fear or favour.
“Violent-free politics is possible and must begin at individual level, be fostered and buttressed at party level and be enforced by law enforcement agents across the nation.”