The Zimbabwe Peace Project has noted with concern the rise in informal settlement violence as witnessed through arbitrary demolition of houses by land barons, their functionaries and ZANU PF activists.
After being ousted from the committee of Nehanda Housing Trust, Never Kowo and Andrew Marauka ordered the demolition of houses of a few residents in Dzivaresakwa on the 7th of July through the services of some youths who are said to be ZANU PF members.
Dominant human rights violations recorded during June 2017 revolve around preparations for the presidential youth interface rallies, Heroes Day commemorations, the upcoming Chiwundura by-election, continued barring of students from attending classes, harassment of vendors and discrimination during food aid distribution. Zimbabwe Peace Project notes trends where some violations cut across the entire nation during the course of the year while others are sporadic and isolated.
The month of May stands out owing to violations of the right to education, the right to food and civil and political rights mainly freedom of association and assembly. Most socio-economic violations that were reported this month were largely due to effects of the El-Nino induced drought, the economy’s continued downward spiral, worsening cash crisis and exacerbated lack of a diversified export base.