Haggling between Zanu (PF) and MDC-T over the content and scope of the Human
Rights Bill is the major stumbling block to the activation of the Zimbabwe
Human Rights Commission, The Zimbabwean has established.
by Tapiwa Zivira
Touted as the solution to the country’s bad human rights record, ZHRC is yet
to start functioning, two years after the swearing in of its commissioners.
Parliament is finding it difficult to pass the Human Rights Bill that would
give the ZHRC the legal mandate to investigate human rights abuses because
of persistent differences between the two major political parties.
The ZHRC is a provision of the Global Political Agreement, established by
Section 100R of the Constitution Amendment 19, of 2009.
UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, who visited Zimbabwe last week to assess
the rights situation in the country expressed serious concerns about the
commission and urged that it should start working ahead of the next
She joins the long list of local, regional and international human rights
advocates who have called on the inclusive government to speed up the
implementation of all provisions of the GPA.
Zimbabwe’s polls have become synonymous with political violence and the
commission is regarded as a crucial tool to address past violations and
ensure the avoidance of future abuses.
Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa last Friday claimed at
a press conference that MDC-T was frustrating the Bill.
“Last year we, including the two MDCs, agreed on all the issues to be
incorporated into the bill but the MDC parliamentary caucus opposes it every
time I present it in Parliament,” said Chinamasa.
He said it had been agreed that the Commission would only deal with human
rights issues relating ‘‘to the present and future’’. Those pertaining to
the period before the GNU coalition government in 2009 ‘‘will have to be
dealt with through another mechanism’’.
Violence is on the increase and most of it is politically motivated, a
recent survey by the Combined Harare Residents Association has found.
by Staff Reporter
“Zanu (PF) is still holding on to council premises, from which council is
supposed to be earning rent. But all the money is being pocketed by the
party’s youth militia. Only a quarter of business operators in Mbare pay the
monthly service charges. Most operators who do not sympathize with Zanu (PF)
have been chased away from Magaba, Siyaso, Mupedzanhamo and Masimbi,” says
CHRA reported previously that Mbare market stalls have been turned into Zanu
(PF) districts, with regular party meetings being held and funds collected.
Now it says the party has penetrated residential areas.
“A classic example is Carter House which was violently seized by Chipangano
and currently houses more than 20 youth militia. Efforts by council to
regain the property have on several occasions proved to be bloody, as these
youths can simply unleash violence without fear of consequences,” says the
It adds that “about 87.5% of residents who were knowledgeable of national
institutions like JOMIC and the organ on national healing said these bodies
had failed to mitigate violence”. Research found that residents were still
being coerced to attend Zanu (PF) rallies and those who refuse to do so are
marked for retribution.
Residents have called on the government to address the operations of the
police force “because statements alone will not put to end violence”.
Six people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Cephas
Magura, Chairperson for ward 1 Mudzi North. The deceased aged 58 was
severely assaulted at Chimukoko Business Centre on Saturday 26 May 2012 at
around 12pm. He was hit by a stone on the head and fell on the ground and
was severely assaulted by ZANU PF youth who had come to disrupt the rally.
The rally was disrupted just 30 minutes after it started.
by Heal Zimbabwe
It is reported that close to one hundred MDC supporters had gathered at
Chimukoko Business centre for a rally which was sanctioned by the police.
Heal Zimbabwe applaud the police for arresting the six perpetrators but
questions emerge on why the police failed to calm the situation at a rally
that was sanctioned. A sanctioned rally is supposed to have members of the
police to monitor and make sure the rally is peaceful, it was the police’s
duty to protect the victim from the hooligans. It is the responsibility of
the police to protect people from violence regardless of their political
affiliation. The MDC by informing the police means they wanted a peaceful
rally with no disruptions.
Mr. Chikuna who was part of those who attended the rally narrated that
ZANU-PF supporters came and started singing at the same venue they were
having their rally. He states that the violent youth started singing their
party songs and started attacking the people who were at the rally. The MDC
supporters responded by fleeing the venue but the youth pursued them and in
the process hit Mr. Mugura with a stone on the head and he died on the spot.
Six other MDC supporters were assaulted and are still receiving treatment at
a hospital in Harare.
The post mortem results indicate that the late Mr. Mugura was hit on the
head with a blunt object and assaulted all over his body. Mourners are
gathered at Dotso Village, Goronga, Mudzi. The deceased will be laid to rest
on Saturday, 2 June 2012.
By Tererai Karimakwenda
28 May 2012
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been criticised
for comments she made in Harare last week, calling for the suspension of
targeted sanctions placed on members of the Robert Mugabe regime by the
European Union (EU) and Western countries.
Speaking as she ended a five-day visit to assess human rights in Zimbabwe,
Navi Pillay said the restrictive measures were now ‘opposed’ by all three
parties in the unity government and, although the measures were targeted at
specific individuals and companies, she said: “they are in fact having a
wider impact on the general population.” However, Pillay did not explain how
this was so.
Her call for removal of the sanctions surprised many Zimbabwean activists
and some observers, who said Pillay was aware of the continued arrests of
MDC officials, state sponsored violence, the absence of independent
broadcasters, repressive legislation and reforms in the GPA that ZANU PF
refuses to implement.
“I would urge those countries that are currently applying sanctions on
Zimbabwe to suspend them, at least until the conduct and outcome of the
elections and related reforms are clear,” Pillay said to journalists on
But civil groups and the MDC formations, all of whom met with the UN rights
chief last week, have said they are against the suspension because human
rights abuses by the Mugabe regime have not stopped. And this would hinder
Zimbabwe from conducting a free and fair poll.
Harare, May 28, 2012 – Police on Monday claimed they were not privy to the
identities of members of the terror group Chipangano as Zanu PF and the two
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties jointly denounced the shadowy
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesman James Sabau said police were not
aware who comprised Chipangano. Zanu PF Harare youth leader Jimmy Kunaka is
known to be the leader of the group.
“Who are these people? We as the police don’t know them. If anyone has their
identities they should approach the nearest police office so that they are
arrested,” said Sabau after being quizzed by journalists on why the police
were turning a blind eye to the terror's campaign in Mbare where they are
reportedly setting up illegal road-blocks among other criminal activities.
In a joint press conference held at the head offices of the Joint Monitoring
and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) lunchtime Monday, also attended by ZRP
officers including Sabau, the three chairperson of Zanu PF and the two MDC
formations, Amos Midzi, Paul Madzore and Trynos Mgutshini respectively,
disassociated themselves from the shadow group.
In a press statement read by Mgutshini on behalf of the three provincial
chairpersons of the three political parties labelled Chipangano a criminal
gang not linked to any of the parties’ signatory to the Global Political
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