The Pan African Foundation for Socio-political convention Network Trust (PAN) has commended President Emerson Mnangagwa’s call for Zimbabweans to continue upholding the values of peace, unity and tolerance during the election period.
The Trust’s Director Advocacy and Communications Francis Mambo said the election period has been characterised by peaceful political activity among the political parties and other entities involved in the 2023 harmonised elections in Zimbabwe save for the isolated incidences of suspected political violence and arson. Mambo condemned the suspected arson attacks around the country.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) reports that a total of 10 houses were torched in suspected arson attacks, which took place in different parts of the country, including in Shurugwi.
“We note that the ZRP is carrying out its investigations into the matters and hope that the perpetrators of such violence be brought to book.
This unnecessary loss of property must be condemned by all. “The ZRP warned political parties to counsel their supporters and resolve inter-party or intra-party disputes without resorting to violence,” said Mambo.
Mambo urged Citizens Coalition for change (CCC) not to impose self media sanctions. “We note the purported disengagement of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) from coverage of its activities by the public media, in particular the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
“In the same vein, we are equally concerned about the supposed claim that the CCC are being denied access to public media in particular by the same ZBC.
“Either way, we are deeply concerned by this scenario and urge the CCC not to impose media sanctions upon themselves by disengaging lines of communication with the national broadcaster as this is akin to depriving their supporters and Zimbabweans in general of critical information.
Hence, we call upon the CCC to reconsider their self-imposed media sanctions,” he added.
Mambo encouraged all concerned parties to be guided by the doctrine of separation of powers and judiciary independence with respect to court rulings. “We would like to commend the authorities for according both Local and Foreign Election Observer Missions the necessary support as we go about our business as we travel across the country assessing the political environment. “We remain committed and cognizant of our role of observing and not monitoring this election in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe.”
“We would like to commend the participating political parties for their conduct during rallies.,” Mambo said.
“We would like to commend all political parties for such commendable efforts of tolerance and camaraderie despite differences of political opinion and persuasion.”
Mambo applauded the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for its professional in the handling of issues and queries where possible.
“We note reports of a break-in at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) headquarters in which three laptops belonging to chief elections officer Utloile Silaigwana and his secretary were stolen on Sunday night.
“Despite this set back, we would like to commend ZEC for its professional conduct in the handling of issues and queries where possible.
We urge the elections authority to maintain this fine record,” Mambo said