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Election Monitoring Body says Zimbabwe Needs Violence Early Warning System

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Election Support Network Chairman Tinoziva Bere said the police, who are supposed to prevent violence and investigate it when it occurs, must be reformed so as to respond objectively and independently - not the case in 2008

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network said the country needs an effective early warning system for political violence if it is to avoid a repeat of the often deadly clashes seen during 2008 elections.

The organization said some parts of the country have already been declared no-go areas for certain political parties and civic groups. ZESN added that political tension is simmering in most rural areas.

It remains to be seen if President Robert Mugabe’s Independence Day call for tolerance and nonviolence would reach down to the political grass roots in hotly contested rural constituencies.

Election Support Network Chairman Tinoziva Bere told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the police, who should prevent violence and investigating it when it occurs, must be reformed so as to respond objectively and independently - not the case in 2008.

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