Political parties urged to shun violence ahead of 2018 elections

By Buhle Tshavango
NATIONAL Assembly members yesterday called for the enhancement of measures against the rise in violent activities perpetrated by political parties on innocent citizens.
A motion in this regard was moved for debate against a backdrop of various reports of acts of violence on citizens and police officers as well as looting and destruction of property by political parties.
“A militant group going by the name Tajamuka made up of violent youths from opposition parties has been in the forefront of fomenting violence and calling on other youths to engage in violent behaviour. They were targeting institutions like the police force.
“The social media also has been used to propagate hate speech against this regime and all these things are happening under the guise of democracy and rights,” said Buhera West legislator Oliver Mandipaka.
Meanwhile, MDC-T legislators Thokozani Khupe and Nelson Chamisa complained to the house against police officers who allegedly threw teargas at MDC-T supporters who had gathered for meeting in Lupane East, which they say affected women and livestock.
“It was a political meeting which was actually known, notified and everyone was aware of that meeting but we had the throwing of tear gas. My simple question is that, in the run-up to elections, Honourable Speaker Sir, what kind of measures is the Ministry putting in place to make sure that we do not send signals of a country that is up in smoke and a country that is back on the path of self-conflict and instability?,” said Chamisa.
The Minister of Home Affairs was called upon to give a statement that reassures the nation that peace will be enjoyed as the country moves towards elections in 2018 and also to deal with political malcontents, carrying out thorough investigations.

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