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Political violence persists

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A local civic group, the Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch (ZIG Watch) says incidents of political violence are on the increase despite pledges by coalition government partners to stem the tide.

In a report released yesterday, ZIG Watch said cases of violence have remained unchecked despite pledges by principals in the coalition government to restrain their supporters at last month’s anti-violence indaba in Harare.

“The month of November 2011 has been little different to so many before in Zimbabwe’s recent history. Violence remains unchecked despite an agreement reached at a meeting by the principals of the GPA (Global Political Agreement) to have their supporters restrain themselves,” reads part of the report.

“A number of senior Zanu PF cadres openly indulge in hate speech while there are media reports of their supporters running riot in high density suburbs. There is news too that war veterans, militia and the army are continuing to terrorise people living in rural areas.”

ZIG Watch tracks and compiles media reports on violations of the agreement between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations.

The report said members of MDC-T and MDC continued to suffer harassment and their rallies were unilaterally blocked by the police even after they would have been cleared by the courts of law.

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