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Monthly Monitor - April
Peace Project (ZPP)
June 01, 2012
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motivated human rights violations continued on the upward trend
as the talk of holding elections this year gathered momentum. Since
the beginning of the year ZPP has been witnessing a steady increase
in politically motivated human rights violations across the country.
The elections mantra was also laced up with controversies around
the constitution making process with Zanu PF officials trashing
the first draft produced by COPAC.
The month also
saw some government officials suggesting that by-elections, which
have been stalled because of the GPA
agreements, should be held this year. ZPP also reported a murder
case of an MDC-T activist in the Midlands Province by suspected
two Zanu supporters in Gokwe Gumunyu. One of the perpetrators allegedly
struck the victim to death with an axe and tried to conceal the
evidence by burning the corpse in a burning hut. The two suspects
were arrested and detained for two nights at Mutora Police Base
in Gokwe. However the suspects were released without being charged.
There was a
steady rise in the number of violations recorded since the beginning
of the year. There were 524 incidents during the month under review
up from the 475 recorded the month of March.
to the same period as illustrated in figure 1; the levels seen so
far are still low compared to the previous years. The increase could
be attributed to the magnified talk of elections and the chaotic
Zanu PF restructuring exercise.
of the violations trends during the month of April over the past
five years reveals that the month has always had more incidents
compared to the other months. The highest number of violations
during the month of March was witnessed in 2008 with 4 380 cases.
This was the period when the Zimbabwe Election Commission ZEC had
concealed the presidential results from the March 31 harmonized
elections and the period leading to the sham June 27 Presidential
election run-off. Politically motivated human rights violations
in March 2009 eased a bit to 1490 cases and continued on a downward
trend in April 2010 to 959 as the Zanu PF anti-sanction petition
campaign gathered momentum.
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