The breakaway MDC-T party led by Dr Thokozani Khupe has condemned the political violence which took place when an explosion occured at White City Stadium in Bulawayo where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was holding a rally. At the time of publishing 2 people have died from injuries sustained in the explosion which injured at least 49 people. The MDC-T urged political parties to resolve all differences through dialogue and not through violence. We publish their statement in full below
The MDC T led by Dr Thokozani Khupe condemns the unfortunate bombing incident that happened at White City Stadium on Saturday.
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No one deserves to die because of a differing political opinion or ideology. Life is precious and should be preserved. MDC-T is a non-violent party and our actions are proof thereof.
Differing political ideologies can be addressed through dialogue. We implore political leaders and their followers to embrace peace and love for the consequences of violence and hate are painful to all of us.
Zimbabwe is well known as a peaceful country and we should thrive to ensure that we maintain that good record.
We need to respect humanity preach love and love each other. Zimbabweans must abstain from intimidation and violence if we want to have peaceful free, fair and credible elections.
The MDC-T reaffirms it’s covenant with the people of Zimbabwe, to deliver a genuine and people- driven change in our country. This begins by holding elections which are violent free to all Presidential, Legislative and Council candidates regardless of their political affiliations, and to the electorate as well.
To this end, our party would like to implore all Zimbabweans to remain united, vigilant and to embrace each other in our diversity. We preach tolerance, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all. Noone should be barred from campaigning or have their posters tempered with. Our pursuit for just, free and equal Zimbabwean society is through non-violent means.