WHY THE ARMED FORCES MUST NOT BE ROUTINELY ASKED TO DO POLICE WORK

The violent post-election clashes witnessed on Wednesday 01/08/2018 in Zimbabwe in which six civilians needlessly lost their lives when the Army opened fire on protesters in Harare do not only show the immaturity of the MDC leadership and insensitivity of ZANU PF but also remind us of the importance of keeping the armed forces in their barracks for as long as possible and allow our police/ peace forces to protect and serve the public in cases of civil disobedience. Continue reading

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Matabeleland and the violent intervention debate

People are free to exercise their right to choose but, they need to understand that with every choice comes responsibility. War cannot be casually pushed up the list of our interventions without giving a decent attempt at nonviolent interventions. Continue reading

Understanding the power of nonviolent action

Violence has largely failed to address political conflict but it remains glamorous to many because it has tangible strategies and weapons while its advocates are seen as ‘realists’ or ‘pragmatic’. On the other hand, scepticism has continued to cloud the positive impact of nonviolence despite objective evidence pointing to it being more efficient and effective than its opposite. Continue reading

Why Matabeleland must invest in non-violence

Hiroshima (1945), Auschwitz (05/1940 – 01/1945), Gukurahundi genocide (‎January 1983 – April 1984), Halabja chemical attack (1988) and the Rwanda genocide (04 – 06/1994) among other catastrophic examples save as tragic reminders of the boundless human potential for violence and inhumane conduct. Matabeleland must not shy away from fighting for its freedom and liberty for this and future generations. However, we need to fight smart; avoid misplaced calls for violent political campaigns.

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