GALZ Statement on the vandalism of a Billboard
On Tuesday 26 October, GALZ received reports of the defacing of a billboard along Plumtree Road in Bulawayo. The Billboard with the Inscription: “Umuntu Ngumuntu Dignity rights and respect for all Zimbabweans” was reported vandalised with graffiti inscribed on it, “2023”.
GALZ holds in utter contempt any persons resorting to primitive acts of violence when putting across their point of view. GALZ’s messaging represents strong advances in the battle for freedom of expression in Zimbabwe. The vandalism is a stark reminder of the culture of hate, intolerance and impunity which still affects sections of Zimbabwean society.
GALZ does not condone any acts of violence and this act only reaffirms our belief that the message has been received and it further emboldens our quest to keep pushing boundaries and expressing ourselves in ways that will contribute to ending a culture of hate, intolerance and impunity in Zimbabwe.
We condemn all acts of violence and we implore the Police to deal with all proponents of violence according to the laws of the land without fear or favour.