Harare, July 30, 2014 – Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has said the country has continued to record a decline in the number of politically motivated human rights violations, although traits of hate speech have been noted due to intra party political infighting.
In its latest report monitoring incidents of covert harassment, intimidation, assaults, displacement and discrimination across the country – ZPP said there was a significant decrease in the number of cases recorded during the month of June compared to May.
The organisation recorded 188 cases in June, down from 217 cases recorded in May.
“The ZPP has continued to report incidents of intra-party fighting within the country’s major political parties of Zanu PF and the MDC-T ahead of their congresses scheduled for December and October respectively,” said the Jestina Mukoko-led organisation.
It added that internal fighting within the MDC-T and Zanu PF had intensified in all the 10 provinces as leaders fight over political power.
“The internal fighting within Zanu PF was exposed when President Robert Mugabe openly disclosed that there were weevils that were bent on destroying the party from within while addressing mourners at former Minister Nathan Shamuyarira’s burial at the National Heroes’ Acre. President Mugabe said Zanu PF had been infiltrated,” noted ZPP.
“Not to be outdone, while addressing party youths in Mutare, Didymus Mutasa who is Presidential Affairs minister, allegedly urged Zanu PF members to use‘gamatox’ to kill the weevils. The statements culminated in the arrest of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi who is accused of running the shadowy Baba Jukwa Facebook page.”
The organisation said there were “isolated cases of displacement of people in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and Midlands. The Mashonaland Central case is based on non-payment for the labour services by the new farmer and the withdrawal of labour by the workers. Others are cases with a flair of political intolerance.”
“Very few incidents of food violations were recorded this month and those recorded were based on discrimination emanating from political intolerance within communities. Generally there has been a good harvest recorded throughout the country save for pockets of drought prone areas where food distribution is required. For example, while the districts bordering Mozambique received good rains and have reasonable harvests some constituencies such as Chimanimani, Chipinge and Buhera still need food supplements.”
The Legal Monitor