Zimbabwe: A trail of violence after the ballot

Report
June 3, 2008

Zimbabwe: A trail of violence after the ballot

  • Through their diplomatic missions in Harare monitor the human rights situation and publicly and privately call on the government of Zimbabwe to end the violence immediately.

  • Offer support to local civil society organisations and humanitarian organisations in order to strengthen their capacity to provide for the needs of victims of violence.

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    1 As reported by doctors providing medical care to victims on 15 May 2008.

    2 State occasions have often been turned into campaign platforms for the ZANU-PF to denounce political opponents. The Politburo of ZANU-PF is widely seen as having more powers than the government Cabinet.

    3 The Herald online, 27 May 2008, We are not violent, says war vets leader Sibanda.

    4 UNICEF news note, 28 May 2008, Violence in Zimbabwe affecting children and relief effort.

    5 ZANU-PF lost its majority in parliament for the first time since the country gained independence in 1980. Both MDC and ZANU-PF are challenging some of the parliamentary election results. After a long delay the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the presidential election result which gave 47.8% to Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC, 43.2% to President Robert Mugabe, 8% to Simba Makoni and 0.6% to Langton Towungana. Since the winning candidate did not get over 50% of the vote as required under the Electoral Act, a run-off between the two candidates will now take place on 27 June.

    6 Aid workers who attempted to provide shelter for a family whose home was torched by suspected ZANU-PF supporters in Headlands (Manicaland province) were summoned to report at Harare Central police station on 28 April 2008. As a result of such treatment most humanitarian workers have been confined to urban areas.

    7 ZimRights press release, 30 April 2008.

    8 Amnesty International, interview with a relative of one of the families rounded up.

    9 Herald online 29 April 2008, Police set free 29 MDC-T political violence suspects.

    10 The Herald online on 2 May 2008 reported that Zimbabwe's First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe and her sister Mrs Junior Gumbochuma donated money, shoes, food stuffs, blankets and clothes to 10 families affected by the inter-party violence or possible retaliatory attacks. The paper reported that "there were skirmishes in the Mayo resettlement area in Headlands where rival ZANU-PF and MDC-T supporters fought and burnt each other's houses."

    11 Zimbabwe's Central Intelligence Organisation is believed to have a torture facility in Goromonzi district. Several human rights activists, opposition politicians, journalists have been tortured at the Goromonzi facility.