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Zim political parties sign peace pledge ahead of elections

The peace pledge states that parties should campaign peacefully, uphold freedom of expression and not spread hate speech and violence.

Zimbabwean flag. Picture: Supplied.

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s main political parties have been signing a peace pledge ahead of next month's elections.

The pledge comes just a few days after an explosion at a ruling party rally killed two people and injured dozens of others.

Neither of Zimbabwe’s two main presidential candidates was present at the signing ceremony on Tuesday, but President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa both sent representatives.

The ceremony in Harare was overseen by diplomats, civic groups and EU election observers.

The peace pledge states that parties should campaign peacefully, uphold freedom of expression and not spread hate speech and violence.

MDC representative Morgen Komichi has called on the army to uphold the people’s will, voicing the fears of many there over what could happen in the event of an opposition victory.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)