party violates the aims and gains of the liberation struggle. The charging of exorbitant registration fees for aspiring politicians to participate in the forthcoming harmonized elections violates the core gains of the liberation struggle. Before independence, one of the reasons black people could not take leadership positions in Rhodesia was due to the lack of economic resources as the Rhodesian government’s class system made sure that black people could not own or control resources. The increase in registration fees announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is therefore a violation of this right to political participation by disadvantaged groups particularly women, persons with disability and the youth. During the past year ZPP recorded cases of physical harassment of journalists covering political party rallies and by-elections. Media practitioners have reported an escalation in attempts to muzzle press freedom, creating hostile conditions for election reporting. Zimbabwe’s national elections have a long history of rekindling and escalating hostility towards the press corps, with journalists from privately owned media houses especially being targeted by political activists and members of the security forces. In recent months, journalists from the private media have endured physical attacks from the main political parties accused of unfavorable reporting. True independence entails promoting press freedom so that the citizenry and electorate has access to information as enshrined in the Constitution. The country is currently going through one of the most complex socio-political and economic phase and Zimbabweans, like citizens of any other country, desire a Zimbabwe free of politically motivated abductions, torture, violence, harassment and intimidation. Abductions and torture, harassment and intimidation, arbitrary and unlawful arrests have no place in an aspiring democracy and in this modern society. As a government charged with the responsibility of governing the people of Zimbabwe, it is critical to respect the Constitution and ensure that all Zimbabweans enjoy their rights as guaranteed. In addition, it is important to understand that human rights actors and political activists are not enemies, but have an important, and justifiably constitutional role including advocating for accountability. Independence also requires economic emancipation, but this has not been realized as seen through the strikes and protests that have been staged by civil servants particularly nurses, doctors and teachers in the past year due to poor remuneration. This has negatively affected service delivery in the health and education sectors. The government should ensure that it works towards alleviating the current economic crisis and guarantee inclusive, genuine dialogue on the issues affecting Zimbabwe. On socio- economic rights, the right to water, as enshrined in Section 77 of the Constitution, has not been realized, with most urban and peri-urban settlements experiencing crippling water shortages. This has been the major cause in the resurgence of cholera cases which have now broken out in all 10 provinces of the country. Most communities rural and urban, 43 years after independence, still do not have access to clean, potable water.