It’s great to hear that so many countries support us in our efforts to lift the sanctions. But at the same time, these countries and organizations do not seem to blame the party that gave rise to the imposition of the sanctions in the first place.
As we recall, the sanctions were imposed to encourage Zanu PF to respect the principles of democracy and to end electoral violence and human rights abuses. This was after Western observation missions were denied permission to observe elections more than 20 years ago and the ensuing election violence. It had nothing to do with farm invasions as Zanu PF keeps claiming,
Surely it would be too much to ask Zanu PF to end election violence and rein in its supporters? He should show the world that he will allow a level playing field for all political parties. It should enable the police and the courts to prosecute all perpetrators of violence, regardless of their political affiliation. It should allow Citizens Coalition for Change to hold rallies without being banned by police and/or violent youth. It should end kidnappings and all other forms of human rights violations. The list is lengthened increasingly.
We have seen no serious action by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to prevent members of his party from using terrorist tactics and allowing citizens to move freely or hold dissenting political views. In fact, being terrorized for opposing Zanu PF is rampant again as we approach the 2023 election, but we are six months away. And the president and his party leaders seem to be encouraging the onslaught with their statements.
His pleas for peace are not heard by the Zanu PF thugs nor believed by the citizens. The international community is not stupid and has no reason to believe it either.
For years, the Southern African Development Community, the African Union and the United Nations have ignored the plight of terrorized citizens and calls to intervene to stop Zanu PF violence and allow us to have peaceful elections. , free and fair.
Why is it so difficult for Mnangagwa to meet the conditions required for the lifting of sanctions and to allow citizens the freedom acquired at independence in 1980? Or is it just continuous looting? – A Mbire
It’s time to practice electoral tolerance
As Zimbabwe prepares for the general elections in 2023, we must remember that we are all Zimbabweans, regardless of our political affiliation. We must also use this crucial moment to promote peace in all political corridors. Peace matters! Peace is vital.
In the by-elections just concluded in Inzisa and Matobo in Matabeleland South Province, we witnessed a wave of political violence perpetrated by supporters of the ruling Zanu PF party. It’s barbaric. Why should we fight because of politics? Why is it difficult for us to keep the peace? This outdated behavior needs to stop immediately. We need our nation to achieve a thriving democracy. Our nation needs healing!
The upcoming general elections are paramount and every Zimbabwean should be allowed to vote and choose the leaders of their choice without fear or intimidation.
Politics must not divide us and all political parties must show maturity and publicly denounce political violence in all corners of the country. And the perpetrators of violence must be brought to justice, regardless of their political leanings or groupings. We must also be careful when carrying out our political activities in the country.
The toxic environment prevailing in the country is not healthy and conducive to free and fair elections. Much more needs to be done to educate people – young and old – about the importance of peace and democracy. Political actors have a role to play. Zimbabwe is a country that must be controlled by its citizens and electoral reforms must be implemented immediately. We also need a chance to make a difference – to change the country for the better, because the electoral playing field is always uneven.
No one should die because of politics! No one should die because of politicians!
Time is running out but we still have the chance to allow democracy to flourish. In this order of ideas, human rights should no longer be violated as we have seen in previous general elections. We need to build better communities because the greatness of a community is measured by the compassionate actions of its members.
It is time to practice electoral tolerance.
So Zimbabweans, the choice is ours. Let’s be calm.
Let’s right our wrongs.
Let’s promote peace. – Terrence Mwedzi
In response to Slaughter of barbarian pound goats, HONEST MAPURANGA says: Animal movements must be approved by the Directorate of Veterinary Services. It is unfortunate that most people are unaware of the economic damage caused by the unregulated movement of animals. On the cruelty part, I do not defend. The effects of epidemics generally affect the innocent farmer and related industries. In such outbreaks, exports are temporarily stopped until inspection proves otherwise. On another note, dogs roaming the roads without vaccinations pose a serious health hazard to people. I recommend to those who defend animal rights to be proactive instead of reactive. Currently, all residential areas are full of dogs, pets wandering from one trash can to another. People need to be taught how to take care of animals.
TAR WAR NGAR MUDA says: I do not condemn it, the movement of animals should be restricted if the transported animals do not have the required documents from the Department of Veterinary Services and the Ministry of Agriculture. These animals can travel with diseases that can spread to villages with people who cannot afford to treat them.
In response to The Madhuku Option: proverbial handy fruit?, MASTER says: On the out of court option suggested by Lovemore Madhuku, I think it makes a lot of sense. Even superpowers negotiate the release of their citizens when they are captured by terrorists, Russia and Ukraine also have this type of agreements when their soldiers are captured on either side. Negotiations do not mean that there is a truce, but are only a means of having their people removed from captivity.
ABEL DUBE says: The law mainly applies to the weak and not powerful, if we succeed in this we will have the will to negotiate better agreements. For example, how many times have we thought that the opposition won elections in Zimbabwe? We can see that we thought he won many times, if not all the times he contested. So we wonder again, how many times has the opposition taken power, our answer is zero. The courts determine who sits on the board and who does not. Most recently, this happened in Kenya when the courts endorsed a controversial opposition victory. So I think politicians need to be flexible and be quick thinkers and not behave like horses with blinkers on a racetrack.