Zanu PF must stop violence

HARARE - The resurgence of political violence is worrying.

It is even frightening considering that the actors at play are Zanu PF whose government is accused of authoring the current economic problems ordinary Zimbabweans are enduring.

There are so many things that are so wrong with the increasing violence and chiefly among them are Zanu PF’s total disregard for the sanctity of human dignity and life.

Life must be held sacrosanct.

It should never be traded for cheap political gain as we are beginning to see in our country’s problematic politics where Zanu PF shamelessly tries to deflect blame to victims of its violent actions, like what happened in Norton on Saturday.

Attempts by Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to blame the independent candidate in next week’s by-election — Temba Mliswa and MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa — for Saturday’s barbaric scenes, are futile and hollow.

This is especially so when considering that his own party bludgeoned opposition officials in Mashonaland Central and left them for dead without any slightest of provocation.

And again, the script was the same, Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba blamed the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) whose four officials were left for dead by seemingly deranged Zanu PF yobs, for instigating the violence.

Instead of condemning in strongest terms acts of violence, Kasukuwere serves to underline Zanu PF intransigence and unrepentance, at a time there is a growing number of disaffected Zimbabweans who blame it for the sorry state of the country’s economy.

Leaders are there to serve people and strengthen their democratic space not to punish them for exercising their constitutionally-given right of freedom of association.

The stage at which Zimbabwe is right now needs sober politicians who should abhor, condemn and act decisively on violence.

This country has so many people bearing grudges and scars of conflicts — including from the bitter and brutal Rhodesian war which brought us independence from Britain in 1980.

It does not help to falsely try to blame victims of violence while completely ignoring the barbaric acts of ruffians as we are seeing here with Kasukuwere and Zanu PF.

Zimbabwe is a country for all and not one specific group.

Its leadership should be working to heal the wounds and avoid plunging the country back to the sad days of mindless bloodletting of the Gukurahundi era, a dark period which is always evoked, whenever there is resurgence of violence.

Comments (1)

The philosophy of Zanu pf is all wrong. We are masses not people, with feelings, families, children, parents etc. They are people, super beings. A mass is a headless 'dutu', like manure, rubbish etc. This philosophy must be changed-its barbaric, inhumane and communist. Another aspect of that philosophy is they want power at all cost even if it means shedding blood, hence the violence against anyone who disagrees with them. This culture has been passed on to the children/ youths. They give other people's children beer, drugs, stones and match sticks. Their children are out studying at top universities in foreign countries. When we need future leaders, it will be their children who have been exposed internationally, 'ndivo vanogona chirungu'. Vana ve mass/ povo, remain 'hewers of wood and drawers of water'. Pasi ne violence and intimidation. All leaders who promote violence must be arrested.They sabotage development.

Shumbaimwe - 27 October 2016

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