By Daniel Chigundu
Mazoe South legislator Honourable Fortune Chasi has called on Zimbabweans to speak the language of peace as we draw closer to 2018.
Zimbabwe is expected to go for watershed polls anytime in 2018 and previous elections have been synonymous with hate-speech and acts of violence across the country and especially in the rural areas.
At one time MDC-T had to pull-out of elections during a Presidential runoff in 2008 citing increased levels of violence that saw houses being destroyed and lots of people hurt in election related violence.
Honourable Chasi said it is high time that people begin to preach peace as the nations gets into the election mood, adding that it was the responsibility of everyone and every organisation.
“With elections around the corner we all need to speak the right language my friends. No inflammatory language. And let’s not begin to blame him or her. Let’s just do the right things as individuals and as organisations.
“For my part I have begun to talk to groups in my constituency, the language of peace and respect for others, their rights during the elections, the language of tolerance and respect for the law and the constitution in particular.
“Simply put, an election is an expression of the free will of the people, nothing more, and nothing less. We cannot deny, delay or postpone the exercise of this right by all,” said the lawyer-cum politician.
Just last week MDC-T youths were quoted in the media to say they support a peaceful election campaign ahead of the 2018 polls, but are ready to play fire-for-fire should the need arise.
But according to the soft spoken Mazowe South legislator building a prosperous and peaceful Zimbabwe will require the commitment of everyone and that he has embarked on a project in his constituency to encourage youth to register to vote when polls eventually come.
“In Mazowe South we are in the studio singing songs to encourage our youths to register as voters, to vote peacefully and to respect the rights of other voters. Together we can build a prosperous and peaceful Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Rita Makarau told the media during a engagement meeting that although here organisation might be aware of some of the election culprits, it is not empowered to act against them.
By Daniel Chigundu