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Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)
April 01, 2007
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The Zimbabwe political transformation which finds its location in
the 2000 land reform programme and the rise of the so-called pro-democratic
forces, which are in fact fronts for western interests under the
guise of democracy and human rights must be understood clearly by
all fair-minded Zimbabweans.
- In our Volume
1 of the document Opposition forces in Zimbabwe, "A
trail of violence", the Zimbabwe Republic Police mentioned
a plethora of civic organisations that form the Zimbabwe Broad
Alliance, which is the reincarnation of both the main and fringe
allies of the Movement for Democratic Change.
- It is not
a secret that the emergence of the MDC was a result of local civic
organizations coming together to form a western sponsored political
front against the Government being led by the liberation movement
that ushered independence in the country in 1980.
one of these civic organisations, the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights has shown discomfort with being associated
with this alliance and has written to the Commissioner of Police
complaining about the following statement, "All opposition
forces in Zimbabwe and beyond our borders have been for a long
time working either individually, separately or jointly in strategising
for regime change in Zimbabwe. These forces include: "Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights"
the defeat of the MDC in the landmark 2000 parliamentary elections
and the 2002 Presidential elections, the frustration of foreign
powers has manifested itself through supporting a broad spectrum
of non governmental organizations and other bodies such as the
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Medical
Doctors for Human Rights, ZINASU,
all united to fight the government on several fronts especially
in the wake of the land reform programmes.
- As a result
of political activities by these players who term themselves pro-democracy
forces, Zimbabwe has been slapped with sanctions that have ushered
in the following challenges: -
in economic performance;
- A highly
polarized society as a result of bi-partisan political culture.
in recent months we have seen unprovoked attacks on police officers
and civilians perpetrated by MDC. None of the so-called lawyers
of human rights and medical doctors have even raised a finger
to assist the victims, let alone to say a word of sympathy or
condemnation. Instead, they have unashamedly stumbled over each
other to assist the perpetrators of these heinous acts of terror.
- On their
own word, members of the ZLHR are registered legal practitioners,
who are officers of the courts of Zimbabwe as required by national
laws, regional laws and international human rights treaties. We
find it shocking and unbelievable that they have never raised
their voice in condemnation of the perpetrators of violence against
law enforcement agents and ordinary citizens who have been petrol
bombed by hooligan gangs of the MDC.
is not merely about the promotion of certain rights especially
as decided by those who claim to be legitimate defenders of human
rights but about the promotion of the rights of the whole community
or the society regard being had to the universal dictates of law.
- We therefore
find it baffling instead of championing the human rights of all
citizens, they have only expressed concern when matters involved
members of opposition groups in a manner which can be said to
be in defence of perpetrators of violence. As a nation we have
witnessed numerous abuses of innocent citizens such as rape of
school children, attacks on police officers, gender violence targeting
women, to mention but a few. Is it not folly that we have never
seen the so-called lawyers for human rights also advocating for
the aspect of the rights of these poor and vulnerable groups of
- Below we
catalogue cases in which we have witnessed human rights lawyers
either identifying with the opposition in denouncing the government
or as usual defending elements opposed to the state, even where
those elements have committed heinous crimes necessitating their
arrest and arraignment before the courts.
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