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Zimbabwe Rights Group Promotes Political Tolerance With Documentary

  • Tatenda Gumbo

In an effort to promote peace, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) has launched a documentary anchoring on unity government principals' positive remarks about non-violence and co-existence among supporters of different political parties.

Entitled ‘Anti-violence Crusade’, the documentary chronicles the non-violence statements made last year at a peace indaba by President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Industry Minister Professor Welshman Ncube.

“We have committed heart and soul that we ensure that our country is without violence. We want to live in a peaceful country,” Mugabe is captured as saying in the documentary.

Tsvangirai is shown condemning violence and urging members of the public to be tolerant, respectful and maintain peace despite their political differences.

Cleared by the censorship board and law enforcement, the documentary also includes voices of political party members, civic society, law enforcement agents and ordinary Zimbabweans.

Zimrights said the documentary will be used mainly where incidents of violence have been prevalent in order to promote peace

Zimrights national director Okay Machisa told VOA reporter Tatenda Gumbo the documentary is set to make a lasting impact in the country.

"In that process we have seen it fit to make sure that what the main principals of the political parties have said should be reiterated and sold to the people of Zimbabwe," said Machisa.

"You will find that we are focusing on what the President of Zimbabwe is saying, reiterating that we do not need to fight over different thinking, over different opinions and different political affiliation."

Zimrights is set to begin screening the documentary in Zimbabwe within the next few days.

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