Former vice-president Joice Mujuru has called for an end to political violence in Zimbabwe.
BY VENERANDA LANGA
Speaking to this paper on the sidelines of a political dialogue session for women at British ambassador Catriona Laing’s home in Harare on Friday, Mujuru said she had tried without success to persuade President Robert Mugabe to refrain from using violence to coerce people to vote for Zanu PF.
“I have always been trying to push President Mugabe while in Zanu PF to end violence, saying it will never help to win an election,” she said.
“Zanu PF tried to do that during the recently-ended Norton by-elections and they failed to win because you cannot beat up people to force them to vote for you.
“We should not be doing that if we claim to be a democratic nation.”
Mujuru was fired from Zanu PF in 2014 for allegedly plotting to topple Mugabe.
She has since formed her own party, Zimbabwe People First and wants to contest against her one time mentor in the next elections.