Zanu PF has issued what seems like a half-hearted condemnation of politically motivated violence in the country while blaming opposition activists for allegedly inviting the abuses upon themselves.
This follows violent attacks on CCC supporters Sunday at a Kwekwe rally that was addressed by party leader Nelson Chamisa.
Two opposition activists have since died from the attacks which also left over a dozen hospitalised.
In an internal memo Sunday, police fingered Zanu PF activists for the disturbances after arrests made linked the culprits to the ruling party.
More skirmishes have also been reported in Chitungwiza with Zanu PF blamed for provoking the hostilities.
The violence has peaked hardly a month before the holding of by-elections widely expected to set the tone for what is feared to be a more bloody campaign period.
The incidences have been met with strong condemnation by some embassies accredited to the country as well as rights based local groups.
In a terse response to the violence, Zanu PF chose to heap the blame on its rivals for allegedly inviting the violence upon themselves.
“We condemn all form of violence & all those responsible must face the full wrath of the law,” said Zanu PF via its official Twitter handle Monday.
“Opposition groups & their leaders must stop inciting violence at their gatherings. Our President has always preached peace & tolerance.
“Peace begins with me, with you & with all of us!”
The Zanu PF comments come hard on the heels of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s chilling threats Saturday against the opposition saying the ruling party was ready to “crush the party like lice” to prevent Chamisa from winning elections.