The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has called on ZANU-PF, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to publicly denounce political violence against opposition supporters as the country heads towards parliamentary by-elections this month.
Several supporters of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) were injured while one, Mboneni Ncube of Mbizo lost his life after violence broke out at a rally that was being addressed by the party’s leader Nelson Chamisa in Kwekwe over the weekend.
Speaking while addressing the press in Harare yesterday, CZC chairperson Peter Mutasa urged the ruling party ZANU-PF and the ZRP to urgently address the worsening situation of politically motivated violence in the country.
“The coalition has also noted with great concern, the increase in cases of politically motivated violence including intimidation as Zimbabwe heads towards the March 26 by-elections. We implore President Emerson Mnangagwa, the government of Zimbabwe and ZANU-PF as a party to urgently and publicly denounce political violence that is being perpetrated by ZANU-PF supporters,” said Mutasa.
Mutasa further called on the ZRP to act with impartiality and professionally in the conduct of their duties.
“We urge the Zimbabwe Republic Police to act professionally in the conduct of their duties, upholding the Constitution and enforcing the law without bias and desist from acting as a vigilante force for the ruling party,” he said.
Further commenting on the issue involving ZEC and massive electoral anomalies identified in the voter’s roll produced by the electoral body for the by-elections, Mutasa accused ZEC for lacking transparency and competency and urged Zimbabweans to register to vote.
“We implore ZEC to act partially and independently and desist from acting as commissars of the ruling party. ZEC must be transparent and accountable to all contesting parties and the general citizenry. Notwithstanding the difficult operations presented by ZEC to facilitate voter registration, we call upon Zimbabweans to register to vote en masse and exercise their democratic right to choose leaders of their choice,” said Mutasa.
The ZRP has confirmed that a group of ZANU-PF supporters were behind the violence resulting in the death of a CCC supporter at a rally in Kwekwe.
16 men including ZANU-PF card carrying members have so far been arrested and the matter is being investigated by Kwekwe’s CID Law and Order section of the ZRP.