Joint Peace Rallies A Waste Of Time – Zapu

The opposition Zapu has dismissed the joint peace rallies being organised by three political parties in the unity government to discourage political violence saying, it’s a waste of time as Zanu (PF) has never changed its behaviour on violence since 1980.

Dumiso Dabengwa
Dumiso Dabengwa

On Wednesday three Secretary- Generals of Zanu (PF), MDC-T and smaller faction of the MDC said joint peace rallies to discourage violence will be held countrywide ,with the first one scheduled for Bulawayo in the next few weeks. Zanu (PF) leader President Robert Mugabe, MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and smaller MDC leader Welshman Ncube are expected to address the joint peace rallies.

However speaking to Radio VOP on Thursday Zapu spokesperson, Methuseli Moyo said the peace rallies won’t bear any fruits, as Zanu PF will never stop violence.

"These joint peace rallies are a waste of time and resources Zanu (PF) will never change on political violence. Its leaders will be pretending to be discouraging violence while on the other side the party militia is busy on the ground unleashing violence on innocent Zimbabweans. This party has a history of violence since 1980 and there is no way they can just stop now,” said Moyo.

Moyo added: “We are not worried at all, that they did not invite us to these joint peace rallies, because our party is very peaceful which don’t believe in political violence and we don’t need any preaching on this.”

Last year in November a conference on political violence was held in Harare by the same three political parties in the unity government and was jointly addressed by Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Ncube, but Zanu (PF) supporters continue to unleash violence countrywide.

Only yesterday (Thursday) Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (ZESN) said Zanu (PF) which is feared for unleashing violence to its opponents is still forcing people to attend its political meetings as well as to buy party cards countrywide.

ZESN said political tolerance is still very low in Zimbabwe as the country prepares to hold elections to end the coalition government formed by Mugabe and Tsvangirai.

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