High political victimisation around opposition MDC’s 5th anniversary

Incidents occurring in Zimbabwe in the month of September continue to reflect lack of political tolerance. The Human Rights Forum commends the Vice President for his stance against violence and hopes that his words will be put into action. The Human Rights Forum condemns any form of political violence against any Zimbabwean no matter what their political affiliation may be.

Political victimization was relatively high around the opposition MDC’s 5th year anniversary celebrations on 11 and 12 September 2004. In Kwekwe, it is alleged that around 8:00am on Saturday, ZANU PF supporters at Globe and Phoenix ground attacked Blessing Chebundo MDC MP for Kwekwe and other MDC supporters. The MDC supporters were reportedly preparing for the beginning of the party’s 5th year anniversary celebrations at the ground. It is reported that more than 200 ZANU PF supporters attacked the MDC supporters. Four of the MDC supporters were reportedly seriously injured during the attack. They were taken to hospital. Police in Harare reportedly confirmed their knowledge of the incident. The Forum urges the police to bring to book all those responsible for incidents of this nature.

The month of September also saw a rise in the number of displacements. The cases of displacements recorded in September are the highest since the beginning of the year. This can be attributed to the current farm evictions and also the MDC 5th anniversary celebrations mentioned above.

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