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Zimbabwe ruling party condemns violence on opposition leader

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has condemned the violence perpetrated on opposition leader Joice Mujuru and members of her party on Thursday while campaigning in a suburb in Harare.

The people that stoned Mujuru have not been identified although some reports quoted Mujuru as saying that the perpetrators were soldiers and ZANU-PF members.

ZANU-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo was quoted by the state-run Herald newspaper on Saturday as saying that such acts do not have room in Zimbabwe’s political space.

He said those behind the violence should face the full wrath of the law.

“With reference to the incident of assault on members of an opposition political party on February 1, 2018 in Glen Norah, Harare South by whosoever, ZANU-PF condemns such actions unreservedly,” Moyo said.

Mujuru, a former vice president of Zimbabwe during former president Robert Mugabe’s rule, is now leading the opposition National People’s Party after she was sacked by Mugabe in 2014 on allegations of trying to topple him.

Mugabe resigned in November last year after military intervention, and reportedly met Mujuru on Jan. 30 to apologize for wrongly firing her from government and party.

Campaigning has begun in Zimbabwe ahead of elections scheduled for mid this year.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said there should be no political violence and has pledged to hold free and fair polls.

             

 

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