Home, stall demolitions drive June rights violations
By Nkosana Dlamini
Recent demolitions on homes, tuckshops, and vending stalls in parts of Harare and the outskirts have come out in a Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) report as major drivers of human rights violations for June with both state and municipal police emerging as culprits.
The ZPP June report on politically motivated rights violations in the month also fingers Zanu PF as the second biggest violator.
Reads the report in part, “This month, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) dominated the list of human rights violators at over 44 percent, followed by Zanu PF and the Municipal Police at just over 21 percent each.”
ZPP cites demolitions on homes and informal trading spaces and police lockdown enforcements as some of the incidents that in which violations were committed.
Added the peace-based group, “Zanu PF, which is geared up for the 2023 elections and is in the process of setting up local structures countrywide, is doing so with little respect for the people’s freedom of association.
“In all this, general citizens make 99 percent of the victims of the human rights violations recorded this month.”
ZPP said food and other aid continue to be used as a tools for political coercion with 31 cases of discrimination recorded in June.
The group said this took place during aid distribution “with Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands topping the list at 22.22 percent each”.
“In the month of June 2021, government imposed a lockdown to contain the rising cases of COVID-19 and this happened amid a wave of different human rights violations largely perpetrated by government agents, and the ruling party,” said ZPP, whose mandate is to monitor and document violations and peacebuilding.
According to the report, 52,56 percent of the victims were male while the rest were female.
The violations were mainly committed by male perpetrators who constituted 85,54 percent while female perpetrators were just 13,4 with the gender of the remaining others unknown.