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United States Alarmed By Wave of Violence in Zimbabwe's Capital

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The U.S Embassy in Harare released a statement "condemning the recent spate of political violence perpetrated by youths and opportunists affiliated with elements of ZANU-PF"

The United States on Thursday expressed alarm at new violence in Zimbabwe accusing President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PFparty of carrying out attacks in the country ahead of possible elections this year.

The U.S Embassy in Harare released a statement "condemning the recent spate of political violence perpetrated by youths and opportunists affiliated with elements of ZANU-PF".

The statement came a few days after hordes of youths, some of whom were wearing ZANU-PF and MDC-T shirts attacked traders at the popular Gulf Shopping Complex in Harare.

Such unlawful actions, said the U.S, violate the Global Political Agreement that gave birth to the government of national unity and demonstrate that the undermining of the rule of law has not changed fundamentally in Zimbabwe.

Public Affairs spokesperson Sharon Hudson-Dean said the U.S is particularly worried about the rule of law and human rights violations.

Meanwhile, the Center for Community Development in Zimbabwe is petitioning Parliament to investigate the on-going political violence in Harare.

The organization said the petition is on Friday expected to be handed to the Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma and Speaker Lovemore Moyo.

The Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is accusing ZANU-PF of attacking its members in the capital and ZANU-PF in turn points the finger at Mr Tsvangirai's party. The MDC also accuses the police of siding with ZANU-PF.

Director Philip Pasirayi of the Center for Community Development in Zimbabwe said his organization has decided to approach parliament because politicians are sponsoring the violence.

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