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Ending Violence And Bloodshed In Zimbabwe - Rev Kenneth Mtata

Ending Violence And Bloodshed In Zimbabwe - Rev Kenneth Mtata

Reverend Kenneth Mtata has expressed concern over increasing reports on political violence in the country. He said there is a need to find ways to establish and enhance peace, healing and reconciliation in the country. In a Twitter thread posted on Friday, Mtata traced violence to the precolonial era. He said violence is a tool those in power resort to in fear of losing power. We present the Twitter thread below:

ENDING VIOLENCE AND BLOODSHED IN ZIMBABWE

Recent developments have shown us that violence remains the most fundamental and urgent challenge to be resolved in Zimbabwe. To effectively do this, we need to first appreciate its deep-rootedness & systemic nature.

We cannot address violence in Zimbabwe without going back to our violent past. Violence characterized our pre-colonial past when fought and beat each other up for control of resources, force compliance and cooperation.

We were interrupted by the Rhodesian colonialists who used superior tools of violence to dispossess and subjugate all of us. We were then subjected to violent rule for almost a century. Many of our people were inhumanely treated, maimed and killed during this time. 
We then acquired equivalent tools of violence and fought back until we got our independence in 1980. But since our national imagination was not adequately inclusive, we reactivated violence to deal with difference, killing thousands of our own people between 1983 and 1987.
Although there was relative peace in the 1990s, we saw the rise in politically motivated violence from 2000. Others think from 2000 to date, at least 4000 have been killed through politically motivated violence. Many more were injured and maimed. The rest live in fear. 
Our national flag has two red lines, one recalling the bloodshed in the past for our freedom & other line that looked to the future where no Zimbabwean blood would be spilt again. We betray our flag when we shed innocent blood of Zimbabweans. 
The preamble to our national constitution state that we are “united in our diversity by our common desire for freedom, justice and equality, and our heroic resistance to colonialism, racism and all forms of domination and oppression.” We desecrated our constitution by killing. /7
Injuring and killing fellow Zimbabweans speak against our shared cultural-religious values. The blood of thousands of innocent Zimbabweans continues to cry out like the blood of Abel. God hears this cry and asks, “where is your brother?”
We produced many development blueprints since independence. We cannot make progress where strength of force and not force of ideas is the basis for cooperation. As the SDGs say, there is no development without peace and there is no peace without justice.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

First, we must address the root causes of fears and insecurities of all Zimbabweans but especially for those in power who when threatened with loss of power and control resort to the use of violence.
Those currently in power in Zimbabwe are accused of having committed crimes against humanity. They have been told many times that the day they are no longer in power, they will be arrested, tried, and put in prison. They have been told that their possessions will be taken away.

All this creates anxiety and insecurity for many. Their only guarantee of security will be violence. To extricate ourselves from this trap, the nation must negotiate a transitional justice process in which both justice and reconciliation are realized.

Secondly, we need to abandon our winner-takes-all politics and move to a proportional representation system where no political party can have absolute majority or absolute power and entitlement beyond accountability. This will also cater for minority voices. 

Third, we need a truly independent and respected mechanism to foster healing and reconciliation. We need to heal the wounds of the past as well as forge new national pride beyond partisan politics. While the NPRC is in place, mistrust makes it paralyzed and dysfunctional. 

Fourth, we need to inculcate new values of non-violent ways to resolving differences and attaining consensus and compliance in the family, in schools and in the justice and security systems.

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27 Comments

factos 2 months ago

5th you need to elect CCC po be the next government then
problem will be solved


factos 2 months ago

5th you need to elect CCC po be the next government then
problem will be solved


Sponono 2 months ago

Hulk Hogan 3 hours, 29 minutes ago
Gentleman I think we must impose sanctions to the likes of Vybz Kartel,Tkt/maFyt,Shadows, Chahototo and company. Those targeted sanctions must be as follows.
1)To avoid communication and responding to people like Vbyz Kartel, let there comments remain idle.
2)Avoid naming them in our comments as this seems to be giving them much confidence to abuse the Citizens.
3)Strictly don't respond to their folly, ZANU pf commenting guys don't have educative ideas. They promote hatred and tribalism amoung Citizens.
4)Lets not make them famous, from now on they must taste their medicine and feel the heat of these targeted sanctions.
5)We are a civilized Citizens with a vision of a bright future, so we must eliminate the Jannes and Jembres who want to drive us back to Egypt.Lets not entertain the devils.

Thank you, and share this massage if possible to other commentary sections.

Aluta continua


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 2 months ago

REV. KENNETH MTATA HAS SAID IT ALL RELIGIOUSLY. MAY HE ALLOW ME TO ADD TO WHAT HE HAS SAID POLITICALLY.

IN THE LATE 1970s, I WAS PREVILEGED TO ATTEND PUNGWE SESSIONS IN HURUNGWE. AT THOSE SESSIONS WAR COMBATANTS WERE TELLING US THAT THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY, "KUTONGA KWEJEKERERE". I WAS FASCINATED.

FORTY THREE YEARS DOWN THE LINE, MY HEART BLEEDS PROFUSELY BECAUSE WE ARE STILL CHASING DEMOCRACY. IT IS STILL ELUDING US DESPITE THAT THE COMRADES WHO WERE FIGHTING IN THAT WAR ARE ON THE THRONE. THEY HAVE BEEN HARDENED AND HAVE BECOME MORE UNDEMOCRATIC THAN IAN DOUGLAS SMITH !!!!!

TODAY THEY KILL OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTY MEMBERS. THEY DENY OTHERS TO CAMPAIGN FREELY. THEY CAPTURE STATE INSTITUTIONS LIKE JUDICIARY, POLICE AND ZEC SO THAT THEY CONTINUE TO OPPRESS CITIZENS.

ZANU PF MUST STOP VIOLENCE BEING PERPETRATED BY ITS HIRED HOOLIGANS, OTHERWISE 2023 HARMONISED ELECTIONS WILL NOT BE FREE, FAIR AND CREDIBLE. ZANU PF HIERARCHY MUST PREACH, EAT, SLEEP, DANCE AND DREAM PEACEFUL 2023 HARMONISED ELECTIONS.

THIS IS NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING. THERE IS DISCORD IN ZANU PF. SOME ARE PREACHING PEACE, BUT OTHERS ARE ENCOURAGING HATRED AND VIOLENCE AT RALLIES.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS GIVEN ZIMBABWE A YARDSTICK FOR DEMOCRACY WHICH IS PRACTISING THE RULE OF LAW IN ZIMBABWE. BUT OUR RULERS ARE IMPERVIOUS TO THE RULE OF LAW.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE. DO NOT VOTE FOR OPPRESSIVE ZANU PF. DO NOT VOTE FOR SELLOUT MWONZORA ].

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


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McKenzie 2 months ago

Thank you Rev Mtata. I thought you will talk in favour of ZANU PF but you are a good message preacher
If it was that the massacres of the ZIMBABWEAN CITIZENS listens ZIMBABWE was going to be as good as a paradise manje you will also be in for that piece of mind you delivered

These killers doesn't hesitate to kill a man of GOD
Look at what happened to MADZIBABA VE SHANDUKO, to show that they are very stubborn people who doesn't believe in good things

They only want to kill no matter how good is the horizon, they think of spilling the black man"s blood

You are now on a register to be questioned.

I know that you be interogated politically.

ASI MURIKUNGOZAMAWO KUONESANA KUUTIRA KUTI KANA PAINE ANENZEVE ANZWE UYE AKOSHESE KUTI MVONGAMUPOPOTO HAINA KUMBOGARA YAKANAKA ZVACHOSE.

HAVAZVIDIIIIIIIII


Daughter of virtue 2 months ago

Zvinomedu munyika mashata zuva nezuva kuurayana asi denga rakatarisa iri imboitayi inguva


》》》 2 months ago

If your church does not condemn human rights violation or takes sides in political issues, LEAVE IT!


tentin 2 months ago

This news must be published several times. It's the voice of reasoning.


McKenzie 2 months ago

It true
Spread the message guys to all media links

ANONYMOUS ZIM 2 months ago

In a world of people in need of salvation, you can expect nothing less!


inini 2 months ago

ini ndorova futi handiite


🍋🍌🍋🍌🍋 2 months ago

Unorova mai vako

Phidza 2 months ago

Ndijob akazvitanga


Shadows 2 months ago

Maonero akanaka although muri biased zvenyu. Kubva pakangouya mdc now ccc, munyika hamuchina peace. Udzai vana sikhala vasiyane nemhirizhonga.
Pasi nemhondi
Pasi neccc


Obey 2 months ago

chirikukonzera kushaishwa kwepeace haisi nyaya yekuuya kweMdc or CCC but kusada kubva pachigaro kweZanu izvo zvirikuita kuti vauraye vanhu kurova vanhu kusunga vanhu , shandisawo brain dzako l hope kuchikoro vakaenda

. 2 months ago

Mashoko asina weight

Mr President 2 months ago

Yeah mukuru avo vataura chokwadi plus vakadzidza zvavo ndatenda.
Ndozvishuvawoe izvi


McKenzie 2 months ago

Good

Undertaker 2 months ago

The vivid, inspiring and educative truth. Thank you so much @Rev Mtata.

ZANU pf rest in peace


Elder 2 months ago

Mashoko makukutu🙏🙏🙏


McKenzie 2 months ago

True

Vybz Kartel 2 months ago

ka ccc ndiko kane hunu iwowo for example job sikara


🍋🍌🍋🍌🍋 2 months ago

Hauumuzivi here vbyz kuti anorwara nepfungwa especially kana akakanganwa kunwa mapiritzi ake e AIDS

Obey 2 months ago

hauna kuverenga zvataurwa uye haunzwisise , vanhu vkatanga kuuraiva nekuda kwaSikhala or CCC here

Pfomfviro 2 months ago

Mazanu ndiwo ma**** ajaira kurova vanhu



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