ZPP Monthly Monitoring Report: Human Rights Violations (April 2018)


ZanuPF Primary Elections: A sign of worse things ahead?


Two major events helped to shape the political climate and human rights situation in the country in April. These were the Independence Day celebrations and the ZanuPF primary elections at the end of the month. The Independence Day celebrations resulted in a marked rise in incidents of coercion as ZanuPF officials in different parts of the country forced members of the public to make donations for the celebrations. The ruling party’s primary elections on the other hand accounted for a noticeable rise in cases of intraparty squabbling and occasional violence as aspiring candidates competed for nomination. The primaries also accounted for the rise in cases of intimidation and harassment as members of the public were forced to attend ruling party meetings, were forced to go and vote, or as candidates were imposed on them. There was needless loss of life and a compromise of people’s rights to health after government failed to deal with the nurses’ strike in a constructive manner. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga unexpectedly fired all the nurses on industrial action and this worsened the plight of patients in health facilities. The reason for firing the striking nurses was that there was a political agenda to the whole industrial action. It must have been seen as deepening the factions within Zanu PF and the need to silenceG40 elements linked to the former first family. The former president is the patron of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association. This thinking emanates from the marked difference between the doctors and the nurses’ strike all protesting for better working conditions and equipment and other sundries to make their quest to deliver better health a reality.