Non-violence pact: PM

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said that the MDC-T and President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) should sign a non-violence pact ahead of the forthcoming elections.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

"I am prepared to share the stage with Mugabe and publicly denounce violence which is now prevalent on the Zimbabwean political scene," said the MDC leader.

"If it means signing an agreement then I am prepared to do that." He accused supporters of the governing Zanu (PF) of provoking MDC. "We want our supporters to avoid being drawn into committing acts of violence," he said.

A local rights body, the Zimbabwe Peace Project, recently claimed in a report that at least 20 rights violations were reported every day. The ZPP, a faith-based group which pools NGOs who assist victims of organized violence, said most of the violence was committed by Zanu (PF) supporters.

The rights group said political tension remained "very high" in Zimbabwe ahead of proposed elections and it reported more than 20 rights violations each day over a four week period.

The latest bulletin says supporters of President Robert Mugabe's party are accused of leading political violence and intolerance toward perceived opponents, some within their own ranks.

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