Police, AG Shield Violence Perpetrators- ZLHR

 Irene Petras, the ZLHR Executive Director told reporters here that the police force is using the law selectively against the perpetrators. She said they have court cases records to prove it that some of perpetrators of political violence have not been brought to book.

The Attorney General Johannes Tomana has openly said he support Zanu (PF) and is biased of not prosecuting Zanu PF suspects perpetrators who have political connections.

 ‘‘It’s an impunity as there are no arrests yet on some political violence cases in the country” said Petras. She added that there must be political will from all political parties to eradicate violence.

“There must be political will from all parties at grassroots level for the positive shift to end political violence” added Petras.

She said ZLHR has assisted 878 individuals from 1 January up to 9 August this year. The workshop was organised by ZLHR for journalists on court, human rights and election reporting in Harare to capacititate them ahead of referendum and possible elections in Zimbabwe.

President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party has come under fire for political violence since 2000. In 2008, MDC claim nearly 200 supporters were killed in the June presidential run off that President Mugabe won in a man race after Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew after his were killed, though Zanu PF denies the allegations.