In our round up this month, we note that Zanu PF has
continued to dominate the list of human rights violators, at 50
percent, followed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP),
which contributed to 24 percent, or 354, of all the violations
ZPP recorded. The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), was
responsible for 29 (four percent) of all violations recorded
while the Zimbabwe National Army was responsible for 12
For the ruling party, it has always been about its escalating
thirst for domination ahead of the 2023 elections.
ZPP notes that the party has, since April, launched a systematic
campaign to threaten and intimidate opposition supporters in
rural areas such that by the time the official campaign period
begins for the 2023 elections, villagers would have lost the
little that remains of their voice and chance to choose leaders
of their choice.
On the ZRP, it is so much about the police’s continued use of
archaic and selective methods of law enforcement. The ZRP
continues to be an enforcer for the ruling party, ready to arrest
those that do not agree with the ruling party, and prepared to
look away when the ruling party is on the wrong side.
The CCC, which has remained on the receiving end of violence,
with 196 of its members being victims in July, also contributes
to human rights violations as internal fights surfaced in the
party formed in January this year.
ZPP continues to express concern over the 31 cases of
politicisation of food and other aid and the 138 cases of
harassment and intimidation as well as the18 cases of unlawful
detention and 42 assaults recorded. This points to a situation
where Zimbabweans have become more and more vulnerable
to human rights violations without any form of protection or
any source of recourse and law enforcement agents continue to
prove to be either incapacitated, partisan or unaware of their
mandate to protect Zimbabweans.