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THE Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) says the country is experiencing a new wave of “more covert forms” of human rights violations “where in some instances these cases are so subtle that the people whose rights being abused fail to realize that their rights are being violated”.

ZPP director Jestina Mukoko, who was updating members of the civil society, journalists and the diplomatic community on the state of the country’s human rights situation in Harare at the weekend, said although violations were on the decrease as compared to the yester years, a new form of abuses has emerged.

“Looking at the reports for the past three months that we have been monitoring, the figures have been hovering from 155 in January, 152 in February and 156 violations in March,” said Mukoko.

Mukoko said the main sources of conflict were factionalism rocking both Zanu PF and the MDC-T.

“We have also seen that the expulsion from Parliament of 21 MPs who are members of the MDC Renewal, has also brought in a number of incidences that we have had to document,” she said.

Mukoko said they were also concerned with hate language which dominated by-elections which were done in March in Mount Darwin South and Chirumanzu- Zibagwe.

“We are recognizing the same as we are anticipating the June 10 by-elections. In relation to the June 10 by-election, we are very concerned by the violence which is taking place in particular in Hurungwe West, where one of the candidates is not able to get to that constituency.

“I am not sure how he is supposed to campaign if he is part of the elections but is unable to set foot in that constituency,” Mukoko said.

Hurungwe West has been plunged into violence with former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chair Themba Mliswa, who is contesting with Keith Guza, reportedly barred from entering the same constituency.

Not only is Mliswa being barred from campaigning but is also being threatened with death and arrests.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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