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rights monitoring report - September 2007
November 08, 2007
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of food and other forms of Aid is the first national report to be
produced by Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) in 2007 after the pilot
project carried out in Manicaland between August and October 2006.
The major objective of
producing this report is to avail adequate information based on
live cases of food violations in Zimbabwean communities. This is
intended to enhance awareness on the food violations in a bid to
curtail the practice by calling on the stakeholders, chief of which
is the Government to be responsible for the citizens' food
welfare and to desist from violations.
A total of 267 cases
of food related violations are recorded in this report. Masvingo
and Midlands recorded the highest incidents of partisan distribution
of food. The highest percentage of victims by political party affiliation
were members of MDC with 70% of victims, followed by 8% victims
from Zanu PF, 19% were non affiliated. A total of 3% victims were
recorded from the NGO sector country wide.
The major findings emanating
from this report are that cases of discrimination on political party
affiliation and participation in NGO activities are abound in the
food distribution process. In all provinces, distribution of food
and seed from the Grain Marketing Board was the most polarised aid.
Traditional leaders, councillors and community food committees mostly
recommended by Zanu PF leaders orchestrated the removal of non-ruling
party members from the list of beneficiaries. Beneficiaries were
expected to chant ruling party slogans and to produce party affiliation
cards before receiving food.
MDC party members were
mostly at the receiving end of the food related violations but there
were two recorded incidents in Manicaland where MDC members orchestrated
violence against distributors of food who were known to be affiliated
to Zanu PF.
A total of 30 incidents
are outlined in the report were children's rights to food
were violated. Five cases of unwanted sexual advances and harassment
in exchange of food were highlighted.
Eight cases of abduction,
three of malicious damage to property 13 of physical attack and
one case of grievous bodily harm were recorded in the food related
violence in all the country's provinces under review.
Thousands of Zimbabweans are going hungry as access to food continues
to diminish. Food is a human right recognised in international human
rights instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
1948 and the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural
Rights, 1966 which Zimbabwe upholds.
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