Resurgence of rights violations worrying

HARARE - Zimbabwe's human rights record does not look like velvet and does not show a country that is prepared to respect the liberties of its own citizens.

This has been the story in the last 15 years in which the country has travelled a very chaotic journey punctuated by deteriorating political and economic environments.

President Robert Mugabe’s government appears not to have taken on board serious concerns by both the international community and its own citizens by continuing to violate fundamental human rights.

The government of Zimbabwe violates the rights to shelter, food, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly and routinely attacks pro democracy groups, media and opposition political parties.

What is of concern is the new wave of assaults on property, political, socio-economic and civil rights as has been evidenced by what is currently obtaining on the ground.

The threats of seizure of Telecel Zimbabwe, a subsidiary on the Telecel International, is a serious attack on the property rights, a contentious issue which largely influenced the annexation of land during the chaotic 2000 land reform exercise.

Government has no business dabbling in business, especially private business, where there are rules governing such operations.

What is very disturbing is that this is not only one area that Mugabe’s government is concentrating on but it has, with impunity, allowed itself to make decisions that violate basic rights such as the right and access to water.

Government plans to introduce prepaid water meters in the impoverished townships yet it is failing to provide clean water to millions of Zimbabweans.

In worst cases, there are townships that have not had water since 1999! The proposal which has gathered steam is a direct assault on the millions of Zimbabweans who have had to endure sub-standard living as a result of corruption and poor governance.

With thousands of jobs being lost and reduced incomes, it is really frightening to reason how the government expects people to buy water through these prepaid meters.

There are looming demolitions of houses in Chitungwiza yet these were constructed under the watch of the same government which now says they are illegal.

The use of force by police on demonstrators two weeks ago and subsequent raid on the offices of the main opposition MDC, are a sign of a new wave of political and free assembly rights violations.

The resurgence of these violations is worrying.

Comments (2)

this country is cursed. when you think the international community is beginning to like us again, zanu pf and mugabe do the wrong things all the time. chii chaizvo nenyika ino?

skhuza - 24 March 2015

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