Safety of cit­i­zens top pri­or­ity

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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