A local headman in Domboshava has vowed to eradicate political violence in his area.
Headman Gilbert Mungate of Domboshava made the remarks during a soccer tournament held to launch the Zimbabwe Peace Actors Platform Programme (ZIMPAP) at Mungate Shopping Centre on Sunday. More than 500 youths attended the event.
Headman Mungate said perpetrators of acts of political violence would be brought to book regardless of their political affiliation. He said unruly elements would be dealt with before, during and after the 2018 polls.
“I hope that through the soccer tournament there will peace and tolerance ahead of the 2018 polls,” said Headman Mungate.
ZIMPAP, through ample assistance from Restoration of Human Rights International (ROHR), is currently recruiting volunteers to monitor political violence across the country. The project is targeting at least 100 000 volunteers to monitor preelection violence by year end. ZIMPAP is a coalition of more than 20 Non Governmental Organisations determined to combat preelection violence.
ZIMPAP spokesperson Tichanzii Gandanga said he hoped there would be no cases of violence and intimidation ahead of next year’s crucial polls.
“We will move to Mashonaland Central Province very soon. We will prioritise areas that were gravely affected by political violence,”said Gandanga.
ROHR International programmes manager, Tinashe Zhakata said Headman Mungate embraced the ZIMPAP project and vowed to deal with all perpetrators of political violence.
“Headman Mungate has embraced the project and we expect all traditional leaders to join us in the noble campaign,” said Zhakata.
Zhakata also urged community leaders to forge an alliance towards the eradication of violence.
ROHR International president, Ephraim Tapa said he was optimistic the ZIMPAP project would promote peace and harmony in the country.
“We strongly believe the ZIMPAP programme will make a positive impact in the country ahead of next year’s crucial polls,” said Tapa.