Zimbabwe

ZPP Monthly Monitor (May 2014)

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The country is experiencing a general calm atmosphere with a few incidents of political and civil human rights violations being reported. Cases of harassment, intimidation, assaults, displacement and discrimination are commonly reported and are indicative of the political intolerance that characterizes the Zimbabwean politics. In the month of May, there was an increase in the prevalence cases of harassment; 157 compared to 139 cases reported in the previous month. These figures reflect the increase in the total number violations recorded in the same month; 204 compared to 181 reported in the month of April.

Reports of food violations have significantly gone down. Only three provinces reported isolated cases of denied food relief based on one’s political affiliation. The low records on food violations could be attributed to the good harvest recorded throughout the country. Very few areas are in dire need of food assistance; drought prone areas such as Chivi, Mwenezi and Chiredzi and areas affected by the floods are areas in need of food aid.

ZANU PF supporters and office bearers continue to record high numbers of perpetrators. In the month of May ZPP recorded 261 ZANU PF perpetrators compared to 31 MDCT perpetrators and of these perpetrators 278 are men and 18 are women. These statistics reflect the stereotypical perception that men are aggressive and violent. Men still recorded high as victims compared to women. In the month of May ZPP recorded 248 male victims compared to 67 female victims giving an impression that politics is a male domain.

There are isolated cases of displacement of people in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and Midlands. The Mashonaland Central case is based on non-payment for the labour services by the new farmer and the withdrawal of labour by the workers. Others cases are based on political intolerance.

FOOD AND OTHER FORMS OF AID VIOLATIONS

The incidents of food violations continue to decrease and this could be attributed to good harvest recorded throughout the country. However there are some drought prone areas where there is still dire need of food.

In Masvingo province the situation remains critical in Chivi, Mwenezi and Chiredzi, particularly the area affected by floods. Other areas are a bit better as people managed to harvest after the rains. In Chingwizi transit camp, food rations continue to drop; currently families are receiving 10kg mealie-meal, 1 kg nyemba (cow peas) and 1 bottle of cooking oil per month regardless of the size of the family. This has caused women to set up fruit and vegetable stalls for sale in unhygienic environment. Politicians no longer consider the situation in Chingwizi as a crisis and yet mere observation tells a story of imminent disaster.