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The Joint Operations Command and Zanu-PF have slammed political violence in Harare and urged the police to arrest perpetrators regardless of their political affiliation. This follows clashes which occurred over the weekend where 16 Zanu-PF supporters suffered multiple injuries after being assaulted by MDC-T supporters attending a rally addressed by their leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai.

Two MDC-T supporters were also injured when Zanu-PF supporters retaliated.

A house belonging to a Zanu-PF supporter was also petrol bombed on Tuesday as violence intensified.

Police have since arrested eight people in connection with the Epworth violence.

Speaking during a tour of Harare Provincial Heroes Acre by officials from JOC Harare Province, Zimbabwe Prison Services and National Museums and Monuments on Tuesday, JOC Harare Metropolitan Province chairperson and Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs, Cde Miriam Chikukwa, said she was disturbed by the violence.

“I would like to warn those who take part in violence regardless of whether they are Zanu-PF, MDC or MDC-T or any other person who stay in Harare that we will not tolerate any demon which is bent on causing violence.

“We should be talking about Zim -Asset and how we can bring food on the table and not politicking. People in Harare need peace,” she said.

Police, she said, had to get to the bottom of the violence and arrest perpetrators without fear or favour.

“The law should apply equally,” she said.

Zanu-PF Harare provincial chairperson, Cde Amos Midzi, said Zimbabweans should have a national conscience against violence.

“We as Zanu-PF do not tolerate any forms of violence like we have said in the past people should not engage in any violent behaviour,” he said.

Minister Chikukwa said the team had gone to the monument to check its status and to see ways of improving it.

“When we came here last time there was grass growing all over so we incorporated the prison services who cut the grass and we hope by August the place will be clean.

“The place is also getting smaller we will be writing to council so that they give us more land.

“We also have plans to open a provincial museum here as well as construct ablution facilities and fence the place so that it looks like a monument,” she said.

Cde Midzi said they had collectively agreed to raise the status of the monument.

Source : The Herald