Civic Groups Seek Permanent Rights Monitoring Office

At a joint press briefing in Harare Wednesday, the voluntary groups accused the state of backtracking on its promises to observe human rights following last week’s murder of Cephas Magura, an MDC-T Ward chairperson for Mudzi North, during clashes with Zanu (PF) supporters.

“We urge the UN to maintain a permanent presence …watching over the protection of human rights…,” noted a statement that was delivered by Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum executive director Abel Chikomo.

National Constitutional Assembly chairman, Professor Lovemore Madhuku, described Magura’s killing as “very shocking”.

“That incident is an indication that the instruments of violence are still in place and we have to work to ensure that they are dismantled.”

The civic society also said the security sector must be reformed.