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Monthly Monitor - September
Peace Project (ZPP)
October 17, 2012
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The month under
review marked exactly four years since the signing of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) which gave birth to the inclusive
government. Four years after the signing of the GPA on September
15, 2008, the political environment in Zimbabwe remained very tense
due to the on-going impasse in the Constitution-making
month of September witnessed a significant decline in incidents
of politically motivated human rights violations with 365 cases
down from the 462 witnessed in August. The COPAC led process has
stalled: raising political tension and deepening polarization as
the partners in the GPA prepare for the Second All Stakeholders
Conference with hardened and opposing positions on the COPAC draft
constitution which ironically- was co-authored by their representatives
in the Constitutional Parliamentary select committee (COPAC).
As the political
parties prepare for the constitutional referendum and the upcoming
elections scheduled for next year, people's rights continue
to be violated. The month under review witnessed both inter and
intra-party human rights violations from the country's major
political parties. Incumbent MPs are fighting stiff competition
from potential candidates in the fight to represent their political
parties in next year's general elections.
across the country indicate that campaigning has already started
as potential candidates prepare for primary elections within their
respective political parties. Inter-party conflicts were recorded
in Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Manicaland Midlands and Masvingo
Zanu PF MP Fred
Kanzama is reportedly fighting off party functionary Nyasha Chikwinya
who has shown interest to represent the party for Mutare South constituency
in the forthcoming general elections.
of the violations trends over the past five years shows that the
month under review has been witnessing a declining trend in incidents
of human right violations since 2008 where 1 336 cases were recorded.
continued on a downwards trend in 2009 where 936 cases were recorded
and continued to decrease in the year 2010 to 862 reported cases
while 791 incidents were witnessed in September 2011.
Food and other
forms aid related violations continued to be recorded in most of
the country's provinces with the majority of the violations
concentrated in the Midlands Province.
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