By Nkanyiso Ncube
MAZOWE SOUTH legislator Advocate Fortune Chasi has called on fellow Members of Parliament (MPs) to be exemplary and speak out against any forms of violence as the country gears for 2018 general elections.
Election period in Zimbabwe is usually characterised by violence largely perpetrated by political activists as a reaction to reckless public pronouncements made by their political leaders.
Political violence has resulted in a lot of property being destroyed, people getting injured, while others are reported to have died.
Commenting on his twitter handle under the hashtag #NoToViolentElections , Honourable Chasi said every legislator has the responsibility to educate their electorate on the importance of maintaining peace during and after elections.
“As we draw towards elections we all must speak loudly against violence, especially we Members of Parliament, we should be peace ambassadors ahead of the 2018 elections ,” he said.
The legislator-cum-musician urged youth to refuse being used by political party bigwigs to engage in any forms of violence adding that nothing good comes out of it.
“Violence destroys lives, not only of the victims but perpetrators also. No vote is worth killing or maiming for. Elections are an expression of the free will of the people. No one deserves to die during this process,” he said.
Politically motivated violence has reportedly started taking place around the the country as aspiring candidates have began jockeying and positioning themselves ahead primary elections.
Last month violence broke out at Davies Hall in Bulawayo as suspected Zanu PF youths and war veterans blocked the executive from holding a provincial coordinating committee meeting.
The youths allegedly used pepper Spray in a bid to force provincial executive members out of the hall.
Besides political activists, the security services sector, especially the police have been fingered in perpetrating because of their biased application of law against opposition parties.