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Jomic flexes muscle – at last

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The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic), ever chided for its toothlessness, yesterday flexed some muscle and resolved to reprimand politicians from Zanu PF and the MDC-T who clashed in front of their supporters during a peace-building meeting in Chimanimani recently.

Yesterday, representatives of the three political parties in Jomic resolved that Charles Samuriwo, Zanu PF deputy spokesperson in Manicaland and Lynnete Karenyi, the MP for Chimanimani West and MDC-T national executive member, should be used as examples of Jomic’s non-tolerance of political violence.

“Jomic resolved to reprimand Samuriwo and Karenyi so that they would not be allowed to be bad examples,” said a source.

The source said the three Jomic leaders, Oppah Muchinguri (Zanu PF), Tabitha Khumalo (MDC-T) and Frank Chamunorwa (MDC) were resolute on the need to deal decisively with the emotive issue.

Muchinguri, the current Jomic chairperson, told NewsDay last night: “We should set the parameters of how leaders should conduct themselves in front of their supporters.”

Samuriwo lodged a complaint against the alleged misconduct of Karenyi, accusing her of behaving in a manner that could have incited violence in the volatile area.

Samuriwo, in a letter to the Jomic secretariat, complained that Karenyi was “grandstanding in face of the Press, highlighting trivialities at the expense of progressive issues that should advance the nation’s social, political and economic agenda”.
But Karenyi on the other hand accused Samuriwo of disrupting her interview with journalists. “He interjected while I was being interviewed and I told him that Zanu PF is causing violence in Chimanimani,” Karenyi said.

Yesterday, Jomic was expected to deal with another reported complaint by Patrick Chinamasa, the Justice minister, accused by MDC-T MPs of inciting violence during the Nedziwa meeting two weeks ago. Chinamasa was confronted by Khumalo who accused him of hijacking the Jomic meeting to promote Zanu PF ideologies. But Muchinguri said: “I believe we should not solve our issues in the Press.

We do not solve problems in the Press. If there are differences let’s solve them in the board room. We should not wash our dirty linen in public.” Muchinguri accused the media of fueling hostilities by blowing “things out of proportion”.

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