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Monthly Monitor – September 2013
Peace Project (ZPP)
October 24, 2013
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The month of
September 2013 witnessed a significant decline in the number of
politically motivated human rights violations as compared to the
August figures. There were 378 incidents recorded down form the
525 incidents witnessed during the month August. During the month
under review cases of physical political violence have remained
generally low. This could be attributed to the
fading election fever, which had gripped the nation for a couple
Despite a significant
decline in incidents of political violence during the month of August,
cases of land/property invasions, displacements and malicious damage
to property especially arson have been on the increase in Mashonaland
East and Manicaland provinces. The major sources of conflict during
the period under review revolved around post-election issues which
ranged from harassment, arson, land invasions and displacements
mainly perpetrated by Zanu-PF supporters.
Inter and intra
party issues also came to a head during the month especially within
the MDC-T where some councillors from the MDC-T reportedly “sold
out” to Zanu-PF by entering into a deal with Zanu-PF to vote
its candidate as the deputy mayor much to the chagrin of MDC-T leadership.
The mayoral elections were alleged sold in Redcliff, Mutare, Victoria
Fall and Gweru towns.
to be the main perpetrator of human rights violations as its supporters
are not allowing other parties political space. The chaotic land
redistribution exercise is another major source of conflict as people
are being forced off their plots for having voted for other political
parties other than Zanu-PF. The evictions were mainly witnessed
in Mhangura and Chegutu in Mashonaland West and in Muzarabani, Shamva
and Mazowe in Mashonaland Central.
the newly resettled farms have become the order of the day now in
Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Manicaland affecting also
Zanu-PF supporters. It is alleged in other circles that the government
is trying to create some form of order by evicting those without
offer letters. The month also witnessed a number of celebration
parties in different parts of the country as Zanu-PF celebrated
its victory. At some celebration parties some people mostly MDC-T
supporters were threatened with eviction. The atmosphere of uncertainty
still remains as most people have decided to wait and see.
trend has emerged across the country where desperate home seekers
are being evicted from their homes on allegations of setting up
illegal settlements. People from major cities who had bought land
from the war veterans or kraal heads without the authority of the
Ministry of Lands risk losing their houses to demolitions by the
local authorities in Harare and Chitungwiza. This exercise is on-going.
Unaffected by the eviction threats, Zanu-PF Harare provincial youth
chairperson Jim Kunaka is alleged to have moved in to sell residential
stands to Zanu-PF card carrying members in Glen Norah for $12-00
and three days later police came and destroyed the illegal structures
and evicted the people. People who bought the stands are now looking
for Kunaka as they want their money back.
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