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Monthly Monitor - October 2013
Peace Project (ZPP)
November 15, 2013
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The levels of
politically motivated human rights violations continued on a downward
trend throughout the country with the majority of recorded cases
being of discrimination and the politicisation of the distribution
of farming inputs. There were 313 recorded incidents of human rights
violations during the month of October down from the 389 cases witnessed
during the month of September.
retribution cases continued throughout the country with hundreds
of families reportedly left homeless as a result of forced evictions.
Hundreds of families in Banket, Mashonaland West were left homeless
after police allegedly set their houses on fire during the month
of October claiming they were illegal settlers. With the rainy season
setting in, the families were pushed into a desperate situation
as police claimed they were illegally settled on a farm owned by
a senior police officer. The top cop is reportedly stationed in
Chinhoyi. The families claimed they were resettled at the farm located
in Mapinga near Banket just before the
July 31 harmonised elections but the situation changed just
after the elections as they were ordered to vacate the property.
In a related incident, 10 families from Mukoko Farm in Mazowe South,
Mashonaland Central were served with eviction orders by a Zanu-PF
chairperson identified as Albert Nzitsa. The ten families were to
vacate their homes as a matter of urgency to pave way for the expansion
of Batanai Primary School. The victims however, said they were being
targeted since they were very actively involved in supporting the
MDC-T during the just ended elections.
restructuring exercise provided a new source of conflict during
the month under review with accusations of rigging and vote buying
being recorded in Manicaland, Midlands and Bulawayo provinces. Intra-party
violence was recorded in the period leading up to the election-day
in Manicaland where an aspiring provincial youth chairperson Innocent
Madya reportedly assaulted Josphat Muridzo at Buhera business centre
accusing him of failing to submit his nomination papers to the election
directorate because he belongs to a rival faction.
violently to a peaceful demonstration by Hwange Colliery Mine Workers'
wives demanding that the company pays their husbands’ salaries.
The women argued their children have been expelled from school for
non-payment of school fees after their husbands went for over 5
months without pay. The over 100 women were subjected to violent
manhandling leading to many being injured and four being hospitalized
at Hwange Colliery Hospital.
erupted during the month of September in Bikita West have since
been subdued following a Constitutional Court ruling that ordered
of Munyaradzi Kereke as the MP for Bikita West. The ConCourt ruled
in favour of Kereke on 23 October 2013. Zanu-PF had earlier on called
for the ouster of Kereke on the pretext that he defied the party’s
hierarchy by standing against the Zanu-PF’s preferred candidate
of Elias Musakwa.
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