'Police, Zanu PF top violence perpetrators'

HARARE - Zanu PF and the police were the top perpetrators of violence in the month of August, a Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) report said.

According to the report, the ruling Zanu PF party came tops in violence perpetration with 42 percent while the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) were second with 34 percent followed by the Zimbabwe National Army with 8,3 percent.

“In August ...State-sponsored (violence) perpetration...remained relatively high, although July recorded a higher percentage of 63 for ZRP,” ZPP said in the report.

It said the number of political violence victims increased in the month under review.

“August has recorded a sharp increase in the total number of victims who stood at 1 401 as compared to July’s 647 and June’s 356,” ZPP said, adding that “it is sad to note that citizens’ freedom to demonstrate and petition is still at risk as police continue to brutalise those who exercise this freedom.”

“Brutalities linked to street protests have also followed known opposition and citizen movement activists to their homes raising red flags around risks of abduction or kidnapping.”

This comes as recently, suspected State security agents reportedly abducted and brutally assaulted political activist, Sylvanos Mudzvova.

ZPP said “journalists have become victims of brutality in the conduct of their duties and some have languished in prison for several weeks.”

The report added that the current violence is promoting political intolerance as political parties are gearing for 2018 elections.

“As political parties and the electorate brace for the 2018 general elections, political intolerance continues to take centre stage. In a democratic country where plurality should be welcome, political players and their structures are failing to come to terms with rising opposition on the political front.,” the organisation said, further stating that “at a time when factionalism is rife in Zanu PF, the leadership is thwarting opposition and promoting political intolerance”.

ZPP also said it noted an increase in partisan distribution of State resources in the month of August.

“Those that are in Zanu PF believe they deserve to use State resources and determine beneficiaries. Opposition activists live in communities where their rights to shelter and food are violated. It is disconcerting to note that as granaries are dry, more and more citizens are being denied food aid that is distributed by the department of Social Welfare,” ZPP said.

Comments (2)

handiti mazviwonaka kuti mhondi ndianani

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 30 September 2016

State sponsored violence came on the scene straight on the heels of "independence" around 1982. None of these bandits can ever free anyone. And if they represent your definition of "hero" or "freedom fighter" you have a mental problem.

Sagitarr - 30 September 2016

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