HARARE-- The Zimbabwe National Elders Forum (ZNEF) has advised the country's two biggest political parties, currently involved in an electoral results petition, to desist from violence if the Constitutional Court's ruling Wednesday goes against them.
The ZNEF is a group of retired and serving clergymen, traditional leaders, captains of industry and others. Its call comes after Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, warned that he would turn to the people if the Constitutional Court rules against him on Wednesday, words that may be construed as inciting violence.
Chamisa is seeking to overturn results of the July 30 presidential election, which he lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. His party has a history of violence and recently incited the people to riot in the wake of their defeat to Zanu PF in the parliamentary elections, also held on July 30.
The ZNEF said political parties should readily accept the court's ruling. As we call upon the citizenry to be peaceful we also call upon all stakeholders and the political parties involved in the recent elections to do the same by instructing their constituencies to think about Zimbabwe first and uphold our national pride, ZNEF Chairperson Bishop Felix Mukonowengwe told a media conference here Tuesday.
Avoiding any inflammatory insinuations or otherwise so that peace becomes the greatest asset for our nation building.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK