EU condemns violence

The political violence that flared up following a visit by the UN Human Rights Commissioner, NaviPillay, has been condemned by the European Union.


In a statement this week, the EU noted: “The European Union Delegation deplores that politically-motivated violence flared once again in Zimbabwe soon after the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and after repeated appeals from the Inclusive Government Principals to put an end to such acts.’’ The EU statement noted that seven MDC-T supporters ‘’were severely beaten and required medical attention’’, while a local political leader was killed at a MDC-T rally in Chimukoko, Mudzi, on May 26.

‘’Reports indicate that the rally was properly authorised but was disrupted by a parallel demonstration of Zanu (PF) militants, without the police being able or willing to stop them.

“It is worrying that Zanu (PF) local politicians and the MP for the area were present at the events,’’ read the EU report.

It condemned the violence and the apparent complacency by relevant government departments to deal with it.

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