Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Political repression disguised as civic mindedness - Operation Murambatsvina one year later

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Background

It is more than one year since the launching of Operation Murambatsvina, (literally translated as clean-up the filth) or Operation Restore Order. In Harare this programme was put into operation by the Chairperson of the government-appointed Harare Commission but the program was also implemented countrywide. It was supposedly aimed at putting a stop to illegal activities in contravention of municipal by-laws, such as the erection of illegal structures, illegal vending, touting by commuter omnibus rank marshals, illegal street garaging, illegal cultivation, dealing illegally in foreign currency and prostitution.