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Monthly Monitor - May
Peace Project (ZPP)
July 04, 2012
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The month under
review saw the first ever visit by a United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights Ms Navenathem Pillay to Zimbabwe since Independence
in 1980. The weeklong visit, which was at the invitation of the
Zimbabwean Government, coupled with the pressure to delay the holding
of elections this year led to a significant decline in the number
of politically motivated human rights violations during the month
There were 409
recorded cases during the month of May down from the 521 incidences
witnessed during the month of April. There was a case of murder
recorded from Mashonaland East in which an MDC-T activist Cephas
Magura was allegedly stoned to death
by six suspected Zanu PF supporters on 26 May at Chimukoko Business
Centre in Mudzi North.
The murder in
Mudzi came barely two days after the UN High Commissioner had completed
her visit to Zimbabwe.
Inter and intra-party
fighting has been recorded in some provinces as the main political
parties moved to restructure their parties ahead of the elections.
Intra-party fights continued to be recorded within Zanu PF in Manicaland
as the party was restructuring its district leadership.
of the violations trends during the month of May over the past five
years reveals that the month has always had more incidents compared
to the other months.
number of violations during the month of May was witnessed in 2008
with 6 288 cases. This was during the period leading up to the June
27 presidential Run-off when people were assaulted, maimed,
killed and disappeared for failing to vote "wisely"
during the March harmonised elections.
See Fig. 1 for
more details Cases of politically motivated violence remain high
and the atmosphere has remained tense in the Manicaland and Midlands
Leader Jabulani Sibanda has since relocated to Mashonaland West
province where is he is accused of ordering youths between the age
of 13 and 36 years to register with their traditional leaders and
become bonafide Zanu PF supporters.
Sibanda is alleged
to have warned villagers in most of the meetings that he has held
in the Province that he would not tolerate any MDC-T meetings being
held in the area.
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