President Robert Mugabe's political party, Zanu PF, has snubbed an all-party meeting convened by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) to discuss escalating political violence in Zimbabwe that has caused the death of 10 people and injured many others.The ZCC, Zimbabwe's main interchurch organization, called the meeting April 26 to help political leaders commit themselves to halting the violent clashes, which have put Zimbabwe on the front pages of newspapers around the world. Most of the violence, which has taken the lives of blacks and whites, has been between supporters of Zanu PF party and members of Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The MDC is challenging the 20-year domination of Zimbabwean politics by Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF. Parliamentary elections are due to be held here within the next few months.Sources within the ZCC said that Zanu PF's national administration secretary, Didymus Mutasa, had declared that his party could not sit at the same table with MDC officials. Tsvangirai, a former trade-union leader, attended the meeting, at the end of which clergy and political representatives agreed that there was a need for dialogue and tolerance of each other by all political parties.The ZCC source added that Zanu PF believed that the ZCC was partisan because of its active involvement in setting up the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), an alliance which campaigned against a draft constitution sponsored by the government. (However, the ZCC last year withdrew support from the NCA, alleging that it had become partisan and that the ZCC needed to hold an impartial stance in politics.)"Zanu PF will never forgive ZCC for that involvement. There are voices within ZCC who feel that that association ...1
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