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on politically motivated human rights and food related violations
- November 2010
Peace Project (ZPP)
December 17, 2010
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motivated human rights violations have continued to be recorded
in all the country's ten provinces with Manicaland Province
leading the violations chart. The preparations for the ZANU PF conference
scheduled for mid December in Manicaland contributed to high cases
of human rights violations.
Tensions have arisen in many communities as a direct
result of calls for the holding of elections next year, with political
parties mobilising their party structures. Most of the violations
that were recorded during the month of November have been cases
of assault, intimidation, harassment and discrimination.
From Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central,
Midlands and Masvingo victims had their rights violated by being
forced to attend political party meetings and in most cases twice
in communities has been a source of constant fear for villagers,
who anticipate a repeat of the 2008
electoral violence at the hands of the ZANU PF militias and
serving members of the army. Serving members from the army have
been deployed into communities where they were allegedly urging
villagers to support ZANU PF.
This report for the month of November also notes
the partisan approach that has been adopted by traditional leaders
from kraal heads to chiefs throughout the country. The traditional
leaders are reported to be discriminating their subjects according
to the political affiliation in most cases that were recorded.
The re-establishment of torture bases manned by
war veterans and members of the ZANU PF youth league have continued
in Mashonaland Central where such bases were detected in Muzarabani
and Bindura districts. Cases of displacement were also recorded
in the same province where initial beneficiaries to the government's
land reform programme are now being evicted on suspicion of belonging
to the MDC-T.
Similar cases were also recorded in Mashonaland
West where more than 40 families had their homes destroyed and everyone
evicted from the farm that they invaded at the beginning of the
land reform programme in 2000. The families were staying in Gambuli
Farm in Mhangura and the majority of them are now staying in the
open while others have sought refuge with relatives in Chinhoyi.
This report also highlights cases where subsidised
farming inputs from the government have been politicised in most
of the provinces throughout the country. There were 277 cases of
food and other forms aid related human rights violations that were
recorded in November as compared to 216 incidents recorded in October.
Most of the violations have been of harassment and discriminations
and this could be attributed to the beginning of the farming season
during the month under review.
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