Germany Parliamentarians Raise Concern Over Increased violence

The group expressed concern soon after meeting the Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo, Tuesday that an upsurge in violence was a worrying development.

Stefan Liebich, head of the delegation told reporters that they discussed progress on the constitutional making process with the Speaker.

The delegation also met with the group facing treason trial arrested in February for allegedly organising Egypt style uprisings on Monday evening as part of their consultative process.

The group will also meet several government officials, political parties and civic society. The visit comes a few days before a crucial SADC summit on Zimbabwe and in the middle of discussions between EU and the regional grouping on the controversial “sanctions” imposed on President Mugabe and his cronies.

The visit is the first by Germany parliamentarians since the 1990s. Germany imposed travel and business related sanctions on Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party officials in response to the party’s reluctance to promote democracy and respect for human rights.

The group is scheduled to travel to other SADC countries for further consultations.