‘POLITICAL intolerance is an impediment to development as most key development decisions are taken based on political lines and not on feasibility, ‘lamented ward three community members during the Monitoring and Documentation of Human Rights Violations training by Emthonjeni Women’s Forum at Mlevu Primary school in Tsholotsho ward 3.

Participants noted that political intolerance is very high in the area and this has created animosity even among blood relatives.

“In this community it even becomes difficult to ask for salt from your neighbour when you support different political parties. There is too much hatred based on party line. People forget that the politicians do not fight, they eat and dine together, while here we are busy fighting and killing each other,” said Zodwa Ndlovu a member of the community.

Participants raised that in most cases people succumb to political intimidation and end up aligning to other parties because they fear losing out on food aid and other farming implements as these are distributed on party line.

The facilitator, Mr Methembe Hadebe from the Zimbabwe Peace Project, took participants through what constitutes human rights, stressing that rights come with responsibilities.

The community realised that lack of knowledge on human rights is a disadvantage as they end up being controlled by politicians.

The participants were taken through a session on how to document human rights violations as well as how to report these violations.

Emthonjeni Women’s Forum will on the 27th  of November 2018 hold a social accountability forum in which stakeholders will interface with the Ward 3 community on the issues of access to documentation.