Heal Zimbabwe strongly condemns the intraparty violence experienced at the Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial headquarters, Davis Hall on the 21st of May 2017. According to State media, the violence broke out after a group of ZANU PF supporters opposed to ZANU PF National Commissar; Savior Kasukuwere disrupted a Provincial Co-ordinating Committee (PCC) that was being chaired by ZANU PF Provincial leader, Dennis Ndlovu arguing that the meeting was unsanctioned. This then led to a confrontation between ZANU PF’s two factions violently clashing. The violence saw ZANU PF District Chairperson Magamura Charumbira and Youth League Chairperson Anna Mokgohloa stabbed and assaulted respectively by youths and alleged war veterans during the clashes.
Heal Zimbabwe is therefore concerned with such levels of political intolerance within political parties. It is such intolerance that poses a serious threat to the prevalence of peace particularly as the nation prepares for the 2018 elections. Further cause for concern is that, the violent clashes in Bulawayo come hardly a month after ZANU PF youths disrupted World Health Day commemorations in Epworth claiming that the commemorations were being held on a piece of land belonging to ZANU PF. This was despite the fact that the meeting had a police clearance. It shows that activists within the revolutionary party are beginning to show a tendency of resorting to violence in matters that simply require peaceful resolution.
Heal Zimbabwe implores the police to apprehend and enforce the law by bringing to book all perpetrators of violence. Heal Zimbabwe further urges all political parties to reign in on their supporters so that they desist from perpetrating violence.