Some western ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe have voiced concern over emerging politically motivated violence in the country with unsettling pointers to a bloody 2023 election campaign period ahead.
This follows the savage attack on scores of CCC supporters at a Kwekwe star rally addressed Sunday by party leader Nelson Chamisa with two opposition followers losing their lives as a result while over a dozen were hospitalised for varying degrees of injury.
According to a police memo on Sunday, the attackers were suspected Zanu PF supporters.
There are more reports of violence mostly targeted at opposition supporters in parts of the country, with opposition activists in Chitungwiza also attacked.
In separate comments posted on Twitter, United Kingdom, Australian and Canadian embassies expressed their contempt for political violence in Zimbabwe.
UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe Melanie Robinson said perpetrators of the Kwekwe violence must be brought to book.
“Concerned by reports of violent attacks on opposition supporters at a rally in Kwekwe this weekend. Vital that perpetrators are brought to justice and that all parties can campaign freely without fear of violence,” she said.
The Canadian embassy in Zimbabwe also said politically motivated violence was unacceptable.
“Politically motivated violence is unacceptable and undermines the principles of democracy. Canada advocates for freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly free from intimidation,” posted the embassy.
Equally, the Australian embassy said the murder of opposition activists was unacceptable.
“Reports of political violence and alleged murder very concerning. Underscores the importance of freedom of speech and assembly and accountability and justice for any abuse thereof,” said the embassy.