Zimbabweans have welcomed the call by the MDC president and Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Dr Morgan Tsvangirai and the other two Principals to the GPA to shun violence ahead of the constitution outreach programme. The call was made yesterday during the launch of the constitution outreach programme in Harare.

In Mashonaland Central, well-wishers have assisted in unveiling tombstones on the graves of seven slain MDC activists who were murdered in Muzarabani North and South during the post-29 March 2008 violence instigated by Zanu PF. The bereaved families unveiled tombstones and also held memorial services for the deceased. An MDC activist, Kudzanai Matambazika of Mutoko East in Mashonaland East province was on Monday sentenced to three months in prison by a Mutoko magistrate after he attempted to recover his livestock that was looted by Zanu PF thugs in 2008.

The MDC MP for Makoni South, Hon Pishayi Muchauraya encouraged parents to bring their children during the constitution consultations to be held in various areas so that they also contribute. Speaking during the commemorations of the Day of the African Child held at Meikles park in Mutare on Wednesday, Hon Muchauraya said that children’s rights needed to be enshrined in the constitution and the children should participate so that their views and opinion are taken on board.

Meanwhile, several students were arrested on Wednesday as they commemorated the day of the African Child at the University of Zimbabwe. In Midlands North, an MDC councillor in Gokwe ward 3,Onias Tangwara, was assaulted by elders of the Johane Marange sect on Sunday in front of the congregation and had to be hospitalised. A prophet, Isaac Chohokari allegedly said the spirit had instructed him to tell all MDC supporters that they are not welcome to the Johane Marange sect and had to beat the MDC councillor so that he stops attending their church.

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