Douglas Mwonzora, said at a village meeting held in Gotekote village at the weekend that the use of political slogans at meetings to discuss developmental issues was discriminatory and derailed progress in the implementation of the global political agreement.
“I have carried a series of educational programmes on which we have told our supporters not to discriminate supporters of other political parties with slogans at development meetings, because they will not feel comfortable to attend such meetings," he said.
"We have also told them that although it is difficult to forget what happened to them last year they should learn to forgive and accept those who trespassed against them. When we talk about development we will not be talking politics and development benefits the Nyanga community not political parties.
There is no MDC or ZANU (PF) on development issues. I have also told people of my constituency that we should not chase away Zanu PF supporters even from attending our political rallies so that they learn democracy from us and appreciate that violence does not benefit any one,” said Mwonzora.
ZANU (PF) councilor for the area Samuel Chikwiramakomo who was present at the meeting said the time for political violence which disturbed development last year in the area was over.
“We have now realized that we should unite and concentrate on development rather than fighting each other. I am happy that our people are beginning to see the importance of working together,” said Chikwiramakomo.
Nyanga North has 10 MDC and three ZANU (PF) councilors who are according to the villagers working well in developing the area.
Thousands of villagers fled their homes while others were injured, tortured, harassed and killed during political violence after the March 2008 harmonised elections and the Presidential elections that were held soon after. The inclusive government has set up a healing process, which although, its efforts are yet to be seen, is being viewed as a good starting point. RadioVOP