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The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has failed to decentralise its operations owing to financial challenges, the commission’s deputy chairperson, Ms Ellen Sithole, has said.Speaking at a ZHRC strategic planning meeting at a Bulawayo hotel on Tuesday, Ms Sithole said they only had two offices in Harare and Bulawayo due to resource constraints.

She said people across the country who feel that their rights have been violated are free to contact the two offices.

Ms Sithole said they were hoping to get resources to monitor the June 10 by-elections as human rights violations are sometimes reported during election periods.

“We are going to be monitoring the by-election period so that the environment is conducive in terms of the human rights. The challenge we have had with the election period is that they are not programmed in aance so we need to have resources that are outside the usual budgetary support,” she said.

Ms Sithole said it was part of the ZHRC’s mandate to investigate all cases concerning the violation of human rights.

“Our organisation’s mandate is to ensure that human rights are upheld for Zimbabweans from all walks of life. We would like to believe that the Government would want to respect the human rights of the country as well,” she said.

Bulawayo lawyer Mr Lizwe Jamela of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said the commission’s failure to decentralise was limiting people from registering their grievances.

Source : The Herald

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