Desist from violence when demonstrating

EDITOR — The new Constitution of Zimbabwe, Chapter 4, Section 58 article (1) reads, “Every person has the right to freedom of assembly and association, and the right not to assemble or associate with others.

Section 59, of the same Chapter says “Every person has the right to demonstrate and present petitions, but these rights must be exercised peacefully”. 

So the new Constitution is very clear on those people who might feel that they have anything against their superiors to either demonstrate or present petitions to them peacefully.

With the Constitution clearly outlining what is supposed to be done by anyone thinking of holding a demonstration or presenting a petition of any sort to the authorities, it defies logic to hear that some individuals could turn themselves into thugs.

It is naïve to indulge in violent activities when people would be demonstrating because violence destroys infrastructure which the government would have taken years to build.

So it is good for Zimbabweans to respect what the Constitution stands for. Violence has no room in countries like Zimbabwe which has had peace since the 1980s.

So Zimbabweans should make sure that matters of negotiations must be prioritised before anything harming the economy is done.

It is a fact that the Constitution makes it possible for every person to exercise his/her right to assemble or not to assemble and for that reason there is no need to disregard what the Constitution stands for.

In addition, the same Constitution gives an individual a right to demonstrate peacefully without violence.

Such demonstrations where individuals are allowed to demonstrate have been clearly outlined by the Constitution and they need to be carried out peacefully without coercing those against it to join the instigators of some demonstrations.

Furthermore, the Constitution says that every person has a right to assemble and not to assemble. It is clear from the Constitution that those who feel that they want to assemble should not force others to do the same.

Those who feel that they want to demonstrate against either government or their employers should not do it violently.

Mukachana Hanyani

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