Violence flares up in Zimbabwe

2012-04-01 10:54

Harare - A Zimbabwe violence monitoring group said on Saturday there has been an upswing in violence in the past month since the president said he will call elections this year even if called-for democratic reforms are not made.

The Zimbabwe Peace Project said monitors reported a 15% increase in human rights violations that were "directly linked" to the new push for polls in 2012.

The independent peace monitoring project said President Robert Mugabe's efforts to force elections this year resulted in 413 reported cases of people's rights being violated in February alone, compared to 365 cases reported by witnesses in January.

The peace project said party infighting led to one death in eastern Zimbabwe last month.

It said traditional and community leaders have been recorded as the major perpetrators of human rights violations in most rural districts.


Voters were also being coerced to attend political meetings and emergency food supplies were again being used as a political weapon in several hunger-prone districts, the project said.

State media loyal to Mugabe on Saturday reported that he reiterated what he said in a broadcast marking his 88th birthday in February that he can call elections this year with or without democratic reforms.

Mugabe said if reforms are not adopted by May, he will proceed to polling to end a shaky three-year coalition with the former opposition, the state Herald newspaper said on Saturday.

It said Mugabe was addressing party leaders on Friday. He told them he wanted a referendum on a new constitution to be held by the end of May.

An all-party panel of lawmakers in charge of constantly delayed rewriting of constitutional law says it won't be ready for a referendum before August at the earliest.

The Herald said Mugabe told members of his party's policymaking central committee to advise colleagues in the coalition with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party - known as Zimbabwe's "inclusive government" - that constitutional and electoral reforms must be quickly completed or he will go to elections unilaterally.

"Let's conclude the process, whether we agree or disagree. The dance we have had ... is over. Let us have an election and end this animal called inclusive government," he said, The Herald reported.

He said he would call the poll under the existing constitution and accused reformers of delaying tactics.

"They are delaying the process arguing on small matters, but we are saying no, no, no," he said. "They are out of step. If they haven't finished in time, we will do it our way."

  • Eddy - 2012-04-01 11:03

    Voters were also being coerced to attend political meetings and emergency food supplies were again being used as a political weapon in several hunger-prone districts, .... That,s the only way Mugabe who lost the last election can get any voters in this farcical election. Propped up by a corrupt and failed ANC these elections will be declared free and fair if Mugabe wins, which he won't and rigged if the MDC win, which they will.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-04-01 11:36

    This Mugabe is not only a TYRANT, but also a SCUMBAG !!! Getting starving people to your political meetings, so they will have something to eat, should be/is a crime against humanity !!!!

  • tapiwa.maruza - 2012-04-01 11:41

    which zimbabwe coz zim is very much at peace.racist pigs

      Kagiso - 2012-04-01 12:14

      zimbabweans have also been fleeing from zim into bots, explain tht? i don't think tht they were on holiday trips. too much brainwashing from mugarbage i see....i pity your stupidity and ignorance :(

      Smell - 2012-04-01 12:21

      Easy with the referral to animal behavior. After all, your friend Mugabe has killed more of his own citizens than any Apartheid leader ever did. And he lost an election and he is still the president. You must be one of the few that scored a farm that belonged to someone else. The millions of Zimbabweans that fled your country apparently did not think it was all that peaceful - how would you describe them?

      Patsy - 2012-04-01 12:48

      So if we support Morgan Tsvangirai who is black, does that make us racist pigs? Please take off the blinkers and remove the earplugs!

      Kumbirai - 2012-04-01 12:58

      I think you need to be realistic thus move away from mars and come to the real earth. What peace are yu advocating for whilst many are refuges in other states?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-01 13:40

      Don't feed the troll.

      alfornce.moyo - 2012-04-08 21:40

      Politicians and diapers need to be constantly changed both for the same reason.if Zim's peaceful why are millions refugees?I think you need brain therapy.Somethin's wrong upstairs

      Tebogo - 2012-04-08 22:38

      Guys don't be angry with Tapiwa, he must be a child of those ministers under Mugabe. He is here in SA leaving of his people's suffering. How people like him still deny that Zim is in crisis is beyond me.

  • Lebeko - 2012-04-01 12:19

    The thing is,,even if he looses those election he will still be president of Zimbabwe.

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-01 15:25

      hw hard can it be to just slip a cynide pill into his breakfast? the guy is made of flesh and blood like everyone else he's not a god ':\

  • asongeya1 - 2012-04-01 12:26

    Eish dnt be ashamed guyz we are living in last dayz

      Eddy - 2012-04-01 12:55

      Last days of what?. Mugabe's lasts days or earth's last days?

  • Michael - 2012-04-01 13:55

    From bread basket to basket case - and the reason would be....?

  • Ron - 2012-04-01 14:19

    It is time for the People of Zimbabwe to speak - and Mugabe (and other politicians) to shut up and listen! We need a new Chimurenga!

  • Elkita - 2012-04-01 14:34

    South Africa is not different.We are nearly there.We need to get rid of the ANC.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-01 17:37

    Strength to the people of Zimbabwe...we hope your country will some day return to economic strength so your lives will improve, that those of you that had to flee your country, will be able to return, and get your country back from the maniac BOB who grabbed your wealth for himself..may he rot in hell for how he destroyed so many peoples lives.

  • Sean Wright - 2012-04-04 10:11


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