Human rights violations rise
|By Samantha Tarwireyi
HARARE – Zimbabwe is recording an increase in cases of human rights violations as campaigning for elections whose date is yet to be announced gathers steam, a report by leading rights group Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) shows.
According to ZPP’s latest report covering the month of September, politically-motivated human rights violations spiked from 720 recorded in August to 791 in September.
Midlands, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and Masvingo provinces are hardest hit, according to the report.
In Midlands 163 incidents were recorded in September with the majority of the violations being cases of harassment and intimidation.
A huge number of the cases were recorded in Shurugwi North, Gokwe Kabuyuni, Chiwundura, Kwekwe Central and Mberengwa West.
Manicaland Province had a high profile of murder cases, particularly in alluvial diamond-rich Chiadzwa.
The province witnessed a rise in violations from 149 in August to 199 in September.
ZPP accuses Zanu PF supporters of leading political violence in most incidents that were recorded in September.
Zanu PF has consistently denied accusations of perpetrating violence.
Food and other forms of aid violations rose slightly to 77 from 66.
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