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Monthly Monitor - August
Peace Project (ZPP)
September 17, 2012
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environment in Zimbabwe deteriorated considerably in August due
to the impasse in the Constitution-making
exercise. The month of August witnessed a significant rise in
incidents of politically motivated human rights violations as a
direct result of the political impasse.
There were 462 cases
recorded during the month under review up from the 375 incidents
recorded during the month of July.
The COPAC led
process stalled: raising political tension and deepening polarization
as the partners in the Global
Political Agreement took hardened and opposing positions on
the COPAC draft constitution which ironically- was co-authored by
their representatives in the Constitutional Parliamentary select
the COPAC draft
and insisted on forcing its own amendments
into the draft constitution. The party launched a vilification campaign
against the draft labelling it "a gay instrument of neo-colonialism".
partners in the coalition
government - the two MDC formations - have endorsed the draft
and praised it as a progressive document, setting the scene for
a constitutional referendum that might lead to a bruising political
The national census program
was turned into a fiasco as soldiers and other members of state
security agencies invaded the enumerator training centers across
the country seeking to impose themselves on the program and displace
teachers alleging that they were aligned to the two MDC formations
who wanted to use the exercise as a platform to campaign for their
Reports from across the
country indicate that their motive was not political but material
as the hefty allowance set aside for enumerators was the actual
incentive for them to seek to muscle in on the program.
of the violations trends over the past five years shows that the
month of August has had fewer cases of human
right violations since 2008 where 964 cases were recorded two
months after the ill-fated June 27 Presidential run-off.
The violations continued
on a downward trend in 2009 where 527 cases were recorded only to
increase in the year 2010 to 848 reported cases while 720 incidents
were witnessed in August 2011.
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