The United States Embassy in Harare says it is deeply concerned about the alleged petrol bombing Tuesday night of the home of Zanu-PF candidate William Chapepa in Makoni West, Manicaland Province.
Chapepa, an aspiring councilor, is now in Rusape General Hospital with serious burns as a result of the fire that is currently under investigation.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba told the press that Chapepa’s home was attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
In a statement, the U.S Embassy said swift professional law enforcement work to bring the perpetrators to justice “is vital to reassure Zimbabweans that unity government leaders sincerely want and will insist on peace and peaceful elections in 2013”.
The statement reads: “As in the case of the death of the son of an MDC-T Headlands district deputy organizing secretary in February, this terrible occurrence is an opportunity for the Zimbabwe Republic Police to conduct a thorough investigation, and, if it is determined to be arson, to hold all responsible for this atrocity to account.”
Non-partisan, efficient, and professional law enforcement is critical to gaining the confidence of the Zimbabwean people, neighboring countries, and the international community as the global political agreement comes to an end, the statement continues.
The Embassy adds the rule of law and apolitical policing are also essential for creating the conditions for credible and non-violent elections later this year.
Twelve year-old Christpower Maisiri, son of Movement for Democratic Change official Shepherd Maisiri, was burnt to death in a suspected case of political violence.