Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation and Crisis in a Postcolonial State
Chapter FiveViolence and Impunity 189
Chapter Five Violence and Impunity The sustained and long term use of violence in Zimbabwe lies at the very core of many of the problems our nation faces today. We are indeed afflicted by a very serious disease and need help. David Coltart1 Given a clear choice, all things being equal, I would by conviction adopt the non-violent means to settle any dispute. A settlement arrived at through peaceful negotiations, through give and take to achieve a mutual understanding, is far more stable than a settlement arising out of test of force. The latter approach leaves a legacy of distrust on both sides, and feelings of injustice among the losers which become the seeds of future conflict. Violence breeds violence. Violence easily becomes the precedent for settling disputes. Abel Muzorewa2 Those villagers who back MDC and bow to the mabhunu – we will bomb them! MDC will be crushed for ever. Border Gezi3 This exercise [of crushing ZIPA and its Vashandi influence] was fol- lowed by a politicisation programme in the camps. We warned any person with the tendency to revolt that the ZANU axe would fall on their necks: Tino tema nedemo [‘We will axe you’]. Robert Mugabe4 1 David Coltart is a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer and a member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction led by Arthur Mutambara. 2 Muzorewa, Rise Up and Walk, p. 175. 3 Part of Border Gezi’s speech at a ZANU-PF rally in Bindura, 7 April 2000. 4 Quoted in E....
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