Safety of citizens top priority
EDITOR — In the wake of recent violent protests by rowdy opposition youths, the Government has been accused of violation of human rights by a number of civil society groups, opposition parties and Western countries. This is a wrong impression which is meant to tarnish the good image of the Government.
These people are citing alleged human rights violations because the police intervened to stop the hooligans and looters in their tracks. If they had been left to their devices, they would have portrayed Zimbabwe as a burning country.
It is disheartening that some civil society groups fail to realise all this as they continue criticising Government for stopping the violent protests.
Absurd are their misguided thoughts that the rights of a few protesters supersede the security and well-being of the thousands of other citizens who were going about their business.
Since independence, the Government has been working flat out to remove all repressive laws that were enacted in favour of former colonialists to oppress the black majority. Removal of repressive laws in the country was done as a way of empowering black people since only the white minority was benefiting especially from the country’s resources at our expense.
It is a fact to say that any government that protects human rights is accountable to its citizen’s security. The Zimbabwe Government is one of them. It is equally disappointing to note that non-governmental organisations like Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) have been asserting that there is a shrinking democracy in Zimbabwe.
Presently Zimbabweans have freedom of movement. Any person can move from one point to the other freely. And we cannot afford to have this freedom disturbed because some people want to push a regime change agenda funded by imperialists. Violent extremists should not be given the space to meddle with the citizens’ right of association.
Zimbabwe highly maintains the rights of citizens. The recent demonstration by opposition parties, MDC-T together with Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) in Gweru depicts that there is indeed democracy in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is a peace loving country.
Peacemaker Zano, Via e-mail.