Rules apply, but only to some…
During the unveiling of the Mbuya Nehanda statue, over a thousand Zanu PF supporters gathered in
direct violation of COVID-19 regulations that restrict gatherings to only 30 people. In the month of
May, only Zanu PF managed to conduct events and all other political players were barred even when
they complied with the COVID-19 regulations.
In May, ZPP recorded 117 cases of harassment and intimidation, which continue to
be politically motivated. The Zimbabwe Republic Police continues to expose the
need for security sector reform as its officers contributed to 21 cases of unlawful
detention. The political space remained constricted with 19 cases of assault and
four, of malicious damage to property being largely attributed to inter party
violence targeting mostly MDC Alliance supporters. This is evidenced by the fact
that Zanu PF contributed to above 38 percent of perpetrators of violations
compared to the MDC Alliance’s two percent.
Harare recorded 47 cases of human rights violations, the highest, followed by
Mashonaland East, which recorded 37 cases.