Headman condemns violence

Speaking at a Peace Concert held here recently, Macungwana village headman Aleck Masisa urged community members to spurn violence.

Part of the crowd that attended the concert.
Part of the crowd that attended the concert.

Run under the theme ‘Sustainable Peace for Sustainable Future’ the Peace Concert was hosted by Bulawayo Agenda. The event saw various artists like Ndux Junior and Batshele Brothers, Kaisa Group and Victory Siyanqoba sharing the stage.

“Sometimes I wonder why we are fighting. We have to understand that we fight battles that are never ours as we are used by politicians,” said Masisa, who also called for the de-politicisation of food distribution as it was dividing the community.

Village Councilor Kakaka Ndlovu shares the same vision as his headman. “Community members should shun violence and participate peacefully in national processes for the development of the community. We have to elect our leaders peacefully so as to promote development despite our differences on political issues,” he said. Ndlovu challenged the community to elect leaders based on the candidate’s capability to deliver on development. “We should vote for a person who will address our problems and promote development in the area and not on party basis,” he said.

Another councillor, Edward Masisa of Ezimnyama, described the Peace Concert as a ‘powerful uniting concept’ to bring people together.

Also in attendance were seven traditional leaders form various communities. Ezimnyama is one area that was affected by Zanu (PF)’s “Manuqonde” violence campaign in 2008, where community members were forced to disclose their political affiliations.

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