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motivated discrimination rife in Muzarabani constituency
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
April 16, 2010
At the height of the
worst indescribable discrimination driven by political malice, greed,
corruption and outright inhuman cruelty, more than 25 community
members from Muzarabani have been promptly barred from attending
various church groups because they are supporters of the MDC. The
order to bar the suspended villagers comes after threats of harm
which were relayed to pastors and church leaders of church groups
which include Faith Apostolic Church, Hambakuku, Mugodhi and Zion.
The controversial decision
was passed at a meeting that was convened by the self confessed
ardent supporter of ZANU Pf Chief Kasekete on the 2nd of March this
year at Hoya business centre.
undertook a sight visit to access the situation in Charunda village
and we can reliably confirm from an informed position, that a Pentacostal
Holiness Church in Charunda village was razed down to ashes, burnt
logs and lumps of bricks in an act of arson by a staunch ZANU Pf
supporter, Paradzai Chabayanzara who is believed to have set the
church on fire because it was being attended by members of the MDC
to the dislike of ZANU PF sections in the same village.
One of the suspended
villagers barred from attending church, MDC youth organizing secretary
for Muzarabani South Misheck Sango said that it was also resolved
that bibles should not be read in any of the churches. He bemoaned
the decision to suspend them from attending church as most of their
community members were church goers and peace loving.
Some of the acts of discrimination
which were reported to ROHR Zimbabwe as being instigated by Chief
Kasekete against supporters of the MDC include barring participation
in social activities like soccer tournaments and influencing of
donors to choose beneficiaries on partisan lines. Speaking to ROHR
Zimbabwe, Sango said they were forced to forego a lifetime opportunity
to be beneficiaries from a program of construction of Blair toilets
that was carried out by World Vision in 2009.
The losing councilor
for MDC Charunda village said there are more than twenty families
who are not registered in any herdsmen's records books because
they are being discriminated against as punishment for being MDC
ROHR Zimbabwe views these
acts of discrimination as deliberate malicious moves targeted at
disempowering innocent people from their social rights in the community
at the whim of overzealous partisan sections of the society acting
on narrow partisan authority. We hold that discrimination constitutes
serious violation of fundamental human rights and that human rights
are not privileges or gifts bestowed on people at the pleasure of
any local leaders, politicians or whoever is commanding a higher
authority in public affairs.
challenge chief Kasekete in his personal capacity to desist from
corrupt activities that violate the rights of his villagers through
discrimination and execute his servient duties as an independent
officer to uphold the equality for all regardless of political affiliation.
We want to remind chief Kasekete that non discrimination is a cross
cutting principle under international human rights law and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (1948) under chapter 1 clearly states
that, '' all human beings are born free and equal in
dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience
and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
the ROHR fact
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