“Zanu Pf Activists Assault MDC Alliance Supporter”
9 June 2021

The police’s reluctance to arrest Zanu PF affiliated perpetrators of crime and human
rights violations continued with one of the major cases being that of the assault of
an MDC Alliance supporter by Zanu PF activists at Jairos Jiri Shopping Centre in
Rimuka, Kadoma.

Zanu PF activists assaulted the victim because he had allegedly commented about
the country’s economic meltdown.

The victim, who suffered a damaged ear drum during the assault, made a report to the police, but no arrests were made.

In addition to using harassment, intimidation and threats, suspected Zanu PF activists
have also employed more brute methods and this month, an MDC Alliance Secretary
in Mashonaland West, Tawanda Bvuma escaped an abduction attempt after two offroad vehicles blocked his car and he had to flee on foot.

The assailants are believed to be state agents working with the ruling Zanu PF to intimidate opposition activists ahead of the 2023 elections. Bvuma is one of the opposition activists from Banket who were abducted in October 2008 and spent weeks incommunicado detention before being handed to the police in December 2008.

In essence, two years before the election, the human rights violations are already
escalating and this only proves that once again, the gun is in charge.

This month, we also focus on the social inequalities in the education sector and the
general social gaps that have resulted in young people engaging in crime and drugs.

These inequalities and the resultant crime, drug abuse and problems in the
education sector are on their own a human rights issue as they are a direct product
of the government’s inability to honour its socio economic obligations.

source ZPP