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on the continued breakdown of the rule of law
for Human Rights (ZLHR)
October 15, 2001
Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights deplores the continued breakdown of law and order in Zimbabwe.
All person in this country have the right to:
(a) the protection
of the law
from inhuman treatment and
The Abuja conference
notwithstanding, hardly a day passes without reports of savage and brutal
assaults on farm workers and owners. Further farm invasions seem to continue
with more intimidation and violence.
On the 14th October
2001, three ZANU PF Members of Parliament were captured on camera trespassing
on a company’s property, under the guise of checking companies’ adherence
to the Government stipulated price controls. It is our opinion that their
actions were flagrantly unlawful, as were the threats they were uttering.
The Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Corporation, on the same news bulletin, also reported that war veterans
issued ultimatums to all sellers of bread that if they did not adhere
to the stipulated price controls they would invade the companies. Already
there have been reports that some companies have been forced to close
their businesses because of actual or threatened physical and property
It is shocking to
note that the Government of Zimbabwe, despite its assurances that it upholds
the rule of law, has not moved in to stop the illegal company and farm
invasions. We are also gravely concerned that the three Members of Parliament
concerned have apparently not been prosecuted or questioned for their
of any nature by any political party is reprehensible and condemned in
the strongest possible terms. Recent events relating to the Movement for
Democratic Change are also cause for concern.
The violence currently
gripping the country undermines the democratic principles that underpin
the constitution of the country.
The President of Zimbabwe
and other executive organs of State that fall under the Executive have
on numerous occasions acted in wilful violation of the laws of the country.
The President has a constitutional obligation in terms of Section 28(6)
of the Constitution to take an oath of loyalty to the laws of Zimbabwe.
The failure to fulfil such an oath is an impeachable offence.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights call on the Executive to uphold the laws of this country
and afford all persons protection of the law as enshrined in the Constitution
without any discrimination.
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