The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has said the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa was yet to file a report on alleged assassination attempts.
MDC Alliance reported late last month that there were two attempts by suspected ZANU PF members to assassinate Chamisa during his visit to Masvingo, Manicaland and Mashonaland West.
The party also reported that Chamisa’s convoy was attacked in Masvingo and Nyanga where he had gone to conduct rural outreach programmes to garner support ahead of the 2023 elections.
Zanu PF acting spokesperson Mike Bimha has denied the alleged attacks, while acting party political commissar Patrick Chinamasa claimed that Chamisa was attacked because he provoked ZANU PF supporters.
NPRC deputy chairperson Lilian Chigwedere Monday said the commission was yet to investigate the matter as Chamisa had not reported the cases.
Chigwedere told NewsDay on the sidelines of the commission’s preventive dialogue meeting held in Harare that the NPRC investigation team was on standby. She said:
With regards to elections, these discussions we are having here are meant to come up with different ways of dealing with election-related conflicts. With regards to the clashes, that is a conflict that is already taking place. As a commission, the way we work is that we send our investigation team to find out what is exactly taking place.
While we are doing this (discussions), we are in the process of getting a team. But our team usually goes to do investigations if there have been reports made to the commission. We just don’t say there is a conflict and rush to do investigations. No one has come to the commission with a complaint. We are just hearing it from the media, but as a commission, we are just putting our team on standby.
She said there was a need for the NPRC, together with peace committee members, to work towards curtailing the recurrence of political violence in the country.
Chigwedere urged the government and citizens to work together to end political conflict.