Heal Zimbabwe celebrates the historic signing of the peace pledge of political parties before the 2018 elections.
The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) negotiated the signing of a peace pledge to promote peace inclusive prevention of violence and conflicts as a strategy to promote lasting peace.
Heal Zimbabwe points out that this is a positive step towards achieving peace before the July 2018 elections and also affirms an important role that political parties must play to ensure peace prevails before, during and after the elections. elections.
In past violent episodes, political parties have been accused of inculcating a culture of political intolerance among their supporters through hate speech and degrading slogans, which incite hatred and animosity between political actors and citizens .
Heal Zimbabwe points out that while the signing of the peace promise is commendable, political parties must also respect the provisions of the code of conduct for political parties and candidates, which seeks to promote conditions conducive to free and fair elections and a climate of tolerance in which the electoral activities can take place without fear, coercion, intimidation or reprisals.
In addition to this, independent commissions such as the NPRC and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission should, in consultation with civil society and other relevant stakeholders, develop mechanisms for the early detection of areas of potential conflict and dispute and take Appropriate preventive measures to ensure that the strong The next elections are held in a peaceful environment.
Heal Zimbabwe also implores ordinary citizens to maintain peace and prevent violence since building peace requires the participation of multiple stakeholders.