Harare – (Mlondolozi Ndlovu) A top rights lobby has lamented the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, something that has seen the Zanu PF led government visiting brutalities on citizens demanding to be governed responsibly.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) said in a statement to coincide International Human Rights Day this Saturday the rights situation in 2016 was frightening.
“The year 2016 has seen a series of abductions, torture, arbitrary arrests and other forms of victimisation of civic society and opposition activists who were merely demanding that the Zimbabwean government fulfils its obligation to revive the economy and improve people’s livelihoods,” said the group.
“Our major concern stems from the fact that the Zimbabwean government has chosen to be brutal against unarmed civilians reeling from the effects of a failed economy and with the Zimbabwean economy continuing on a free fall, CIZC fears an upsurge of rights violations in Zimbabwe.”
The year saw civilian groups turn up the heat on government demanding jobs, electoral law reforms, a stop to high level corruption and police harassment.
Victims have not only been limited to Zanu PF opponents but have since caught up with war veterans, once President Robert Mugabe’s most ardent support base.
President Mugabe gave the former liberators a test of what is in store for them if they kept opposing his controversial rule when continuously grumbled against his controversial decision to prop up a Zanu PF faction fronted by his wife, Grace as factional fights within the beleaguered party turn bitter.
The state determination to crush dissent by citizens, said CiZC, does not augur well for a country that is approaching what many fear could be violent 2018 elections.
“What is more fearful is the fact that Zimbabwe is headed for elections in 2018 and the ruling party, Zanu (PF) has already sent warning shots that they will unleash the army on civilians to protect their stay in power,” said CiZC.
“Events on the ground as well as sentiments coming from senior Zanu (PF) officials have shown that Zimbabwe is headed for yet another bloody election as happened during the 2008 polls when over 200 opposition supporters lost their lives at the hands of Zanu (PF) militia, the army as well as war veterans who were seeking to safeguard President Robert Mugabe’s stay in political office at all costs.
“As CIZC, we are concerned that the Zimbabwean government has failed to respect the inalienable right to life.”
The International Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 and commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
This year, the day is being commemorated under the theme; “Stand for Someone’s Rights Today”.