Violence victims should turn to God — Muchinguri

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Oppah Muchinguri the Zanu PF committee member in the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee on Friday said people affected by acts of political violence should accept Jesus in their lives to enable them to forgive the wrongdoers so that national healing can begin.

Muchinguri said this at a hotel in Harare during an induction workshop of liaison committees of three political parties in Harare District to discuss national healing process in relation to political violence that rocked some parts of Harare and Chitungwiza recently.

She told delegates that she had been a victim of deep anger and hatred towards people who had wronged her politically but she was healed and saved after visiting Prophet TB Joshua in Nigeria in December 2010, where she was advised to pray for her enemies and forgive them.

Muchinguri said this after MDC-T members in the meeting got emotional as one of them chronicled her ordeal at the hands of the police.

“We should be able to forgive each other because people from all political parties were victimised,” said Muchinguri. “The media should also desist from writing negatively and help the nation to move forward.”

Assistant Police Commissioner, Emilia Moyo who was the head of the police delegation at the meeting said the police were impartial and analysed every case of political violence brought before them.

“We will arrest all perpetrators of political violence without fear or favour. In cases where the police do not help, you have a right to report them. We want members of the public to be involved in curbing violence and reporting the perpetrators,” Moyo said.

Boyathi Ngwenya, the Acting Principal Director in the Organ on National Healing and Reconciliation said his organisation was in the process of going to provinces to talk to political parties and urge them to identify themselves as Zimbabweans instead of members of a political party.

“Some people do not sing the national anthem because they believe it is a Zanu PF song. We have tried to talk to all government ministries, particularly the ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture to include in their curriculum peace building and Ubuntu courses, and that the National Arts Council should start composing songs that promote peace,” Ngwenya said.