Police contribute nearly 100% of
Zimbabwe’s Chaos

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF, the police
and military accounted for over 85% of political
violence incidents that rocked Zimbabwe in
August, a report has revealed.
The report, released by the Zimbabwe Peace
Project (ZPP), paints a horrifying picture of how
the security situation in the country continued
on a downward spiral, with the ruling party and
State institutions, mandated with protecting
citizens, allegedly being the main culprits.
“In August the high percentage in State-
sponsored perpetrators such as the ZRP
[Zimbabwe Republic Police] (34,2%), ZNA
[Zimbabwe National Army] (8,3%), and CIO
[Central Intelligence Organisation] (1,2%) has
remained relatively high, although July recorded
a higher percentage for ZRP (63%).
“August has recorded a sharp increase in the
total number of victims (1 401) as compared to
July (647) and June (356),” ZPP said, adding that
Zanu PF accounted for 42% of violence and rights
abuse incidents.
But the opposition has not been saints either,
with the report indicating that in St Mary’s,
Chitungwiza, a group of four MDC-T supporters
harassed a Zanu PF supporter, who was wearing
a party T-shirt.
“The MDC-T youths ordered the Zanu PF youth to
remove the T-shirt and blamed his party for
causing hunger in the country. Prior to that, the
youths were said to have also ordered another
man, who was on a bicycle, to remove his Zanu
PF cap,” the report read.
The report chronicles the volatile events in
August that saw arrests, harassment and
abductions across the country, mainly targeted
at citizens protesting against Mugabe’s
government.
Most of the victims of the violence, according to
the report, were not aligned to any political
party. ZPP said 77% of the victims were ordinary
Zimbabweans unattached to any party, while
0,3% were police officers, 2% Zanu PF, 13,5%
MDC-T, and 6,4% belonged to Zimbabwe People
First.
From vendors’ leader, Standrick Zvorwadza’s
numerous arrests and harassment to brutality
against journalists and clergymen, the report
highlighted Mugabe’s growing unease with dissent
against his administration.
Police were last week caught in the eye of a
storm after it emerged they had allegedly used
live ammunition in dealing with protesters in
Epworth and other densely-populated areas in
Harare.
Meanwhile, Judge President Justice George
Chiweshe yesterday postponed to next Monday,
judgment in the two urgent chamber applications
seeking to set aside the police ban on
demonstrations in Harare’s central business
district.
The two matters were filed by the Zimbabwe
Divine Destiny, Democratic Assembly for
Restoration and Empowerment, National Electoral
Reform Agenda, Combined Harare Residents’
Association and Zvorwadza.
The parties are being represented by Advocate
Fadzai Mahere of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights and senior lawyers Tendai Biti and
Dzimbabwe Chimbga.
Justice Chiweshe announced the judgment date
after listening to oral submissions from all
parties concerned.