The government is committed to ensuring the 2018 harmonised polls are free, fair and credible, and that people exercise their democratic right to elect leaders of their choice.

This was said by Vice President Kembo Mohadi who is responsible for the cluster on Peace and Reconciliation when he officially opened a 2-day symposium on Peace and the 2018 Harmonised Elections at the University of Zimbabwe today.

Vice President Mohadi noted that the new dispensation has since shown commitment to deal with past atrocities and human rights violations  through the enactment of the Peace and Reconciliation Act Chapter 10:32 in January this year which also created the Peace and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Professor CB Nyathi which is currently finalising its strategic plan.

Cde Mohadi told stakeholders at the symposium that the new administration is committed to ensuring that all political parties nurture an environment of tolerance non-intimidation and non-violence.

He urged all citizens to embrace each other in the spirit of Ubuntu and help cultivate a culture of peace building before during and after elections.

The symposium has been organised by the University of Zimbabwe Department of English and Theater Arts, Faculty of Arts.

Academics, political parties, traditional leaders and the civic society are debating and deliberating on the history of politics, violence, the role of traditional leaders, peaceful elections and prospects of economic recovery in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, who is also attending the symposium, addressed participants on the role of the electoral body in elections.