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(SUNDAY MAIL ZW) Desist from hate speech: VP Mujuru

Desist from hate speech: VP Mujuru
Saturday, 23 March 2013 20:25

Vice-President Mujuru lays flowers on the grave of Jane Shamu — the sister of the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde Webster Shamu, at a memorial service for the minister's mother, Ambuya Mary Shamu, in Musengezi yesterday. Looking on is Cde Shamu (fourth from left), his wife Constance and the minister's friend, Cde Dexter Nduna (extreme left).

Lincoln Towindo

Vice-President Mujuru yesterday urged Zimbabweans to desist from hate speech and fanning tribal tensions ahead of the general election scheduled for later this year.

Speaking at the memorial service of Ambuya Mary Shamu, mother to Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu at the family’s rural homestead in Musengezi, Cde Mujuru said hate speech has no place in Zimbabwe. She said peace should prevail throughout the election period.

“When you use hate speech against one another or when you attack each other on tribal grounds, then you have no place in Zimbabwean politics,” she said.

“God created us all differently and we should all accept each other the way we are. God also gave us people such as Mbuya Shamu who saw no tribe; people who united us in spite of our differences. We pray that we have more people like her in leadership.”

She said women are often handed the difficult role of uniting families and communities.

“Most of us have very little understanding of the concept of womanhood but from the testimonies we heard today on the life of Ambuya, we got an insight into that very concept.

Ambuya Shamu, though I never knew her on a personal level, was an embodiment of that very concept. But to add on to what has already been said, the way she united people in her family and the community is the true definition of womanhood.”

Speaking at the same occasion, Cde Shamu, who is also the Zanu-PF national political commissar, said the revolutionary party was working towards a resounding electoral victory.

“From tomorrow on-wards, there shall be no time to rest for all party members,” said Cde Shamu.

“We need to ensure that in areas where there are no cells or ward committees, things are put in order.

“We do not want to see this happening in Chegutu West alone but countrywide.”

Ambuya Shamu succumbed to unstable congestion cardiac failure last month and was buried at Plot Number 32 in Musengezi. She was 90.

The memorial was attended by Cabinet ministers and members of the Zanu-PF central committee and Politburo as well as party supporters.

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