Citizens from all walks of life have criticized recent developments by the Home Affairs minister to appoint a 11 member team to the Censorship board describing the move as unconstitutional and a direct threat to artistic expression.
The political settlement in Zimbabwe cast victory in democratic elections as the principal rite de passage before power was to be transferred from the old regime to the new. The rules of the game have since changed since independence. The thrust of the liberation struggle was that popular elections were required not merely to elect a new black government but to confirm popular acceptance of the new constitutional order.
The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition calls on law enforce-ment agents to arrest perpetrators of violence as a way of ensuring peace and tolerance of divergent views ahead of the forthcoming plebiscite. CiZC notes with concern escalating cases of politically motivated violence and intimidation including intra party violence within the Zanu PF, which we fear come election time will be diverted to target supporters of op-position political parties.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have re-solved to coordinate and come up with com-prehensive citizen and policy based program-ming aimed at ensuring a credible, free and fair poll ahead of Zimbabwe’s 2018 general elections.
As we commemorate Africa Day today, we reflect on whether the continent has made any strides in extracating itself from its notority of being a haven of war and dictators to being a proud land of milk and honey.