Violence has marred Zimbabwe’s politics for a long time now with political parties fanning disturbances in their quest to win elections.
Now party leaders are vowing to stop political violence by pledging to follow a code of conduct created by the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration.
The organ and its code seek to hold political parties accountable for the violence their supporters commit.
National Healing Minister Sekai Holland of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the code of conduct is voluntary and follows the country’s traditional ways of dealing with disputes.
But the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s code of conduct is on the statutes and criminalises acts of violence with penalties, including jail time.
Holland said the principals are expected to sign the document at the end of February to coincide with the launch of a new history project for the country.