Addis Ababa, 29 June 2005 - H.E.
Alpha Oumar Konare, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, has
designated Commissioner Bahame Tom Nyanduga, a member of the African Commission
on Human and Peoples' Rights, Special Rapporteur, Responsible for Refugees,
Asylum Seekers and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, to carry out
a fact finding mission in Zimbabwe between 30 June and 4 July 2005, following
the clean up operation conducted by the Government of Zimbabwe against
illegally constructed houses and shelters.
During his mission, Commissioner Nyanduga
is planning to meet with the Zimbabwean authorities and relevant human
rights organizations and to visit the Hatcliffe, Mbare, Mufakose, and Chitungwiza
surburbs and Caledonia farm among other places, as well as any villages
where the people whose shelters were demolished have moved to, in order
to assess the prevailing the situation.
At the end of the mission, the Commissioner
is expected to report back to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.