By Nkanyiso Ncube
HEAL Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) launched its national peace campaign dubbed “million voices for peace” through a sports tournament held at Zaka High School in Masvingo Province on Saturday.
The objective of the campaign is to ensure that every citizen no matter their age or sex promotes peace and participate in the 2018 elections peacefully
In a statement HZT said the campaign seeks to engage community leaders to be vocal about the importance of maintaining peace to their community members.
The launch was attended by Zaka Central Legislator Hon Chakona and community members.
In a statement, HZT said the community leaders pledged to observe peace during the campaign periods adding that there was no vote worth dying for. The community leaders took turns to preach the importance of peace. Peace pledges were also signed showing the community’s commitment to uphold peace ahead of the elections,” read the HZT statement
The peace advocacy group said they are taking the campaign to other provinces targeting community members, political leaders, youths, women, traditional leaders and aspiring candidates to enable them pledge to uphold peace during and after the 2018 elections.
The HZT campaign come barely a week after the Tsholotsho community members organized a series of collaborative platforms (Amalima) that were aimed at raising peace and tolerance ahead of the 2018 elections.
Several civil society groups have been vocal against political violence with legislators calling for the enhancement of measures against the rise in violent activities perpetrated by political parties on innocent citizens.
Zimbabwe has experience bloody violent clashes during election periods dating back from as far as 2000, while some acts of violence have also been recorded during various demonstrations.
Political activists such as Tonderai Nhira, Talent Mabika, Tichaona Chiminya, Itai Dzamara, and Nelson Chamisa have been victims of political violence, while some houses have been burnt and destroyed.
By Nkanyiso Ncube