55,6% of violence perpetrators were uniformed forces- NGO

55,6% of violence perpetrators were uniformed forces- NGO
Published: 12 February 2019 (79 Views)
Human rights watch dog, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (HRForum), in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Peace Project, have released a dodgy report revealing that 55,6% of perpetrators of violence in last month's protests were uniformed forces.

The report released on Friday came at a time the ruling Zanu PF government and President Emmerson Mnangagwa have repeatedly blamed the main opposition party, the MDC, for instigating the violent protests.

Mnangagwa at the weekend told France 24 that MDC politicians had even before the July 30, 2018 polls threatened that they would not accept any results that did not point to their victory.

The HRForum report shows that armed forces constituted the highest number of perpetrators of the 688 human rights violations committed during the three-day shutdown period.

"55,6% of the perpetrators of violence were uniformed forces; the remaining 44,4% represents the looters and protesters, who had gone on rampage. Other perpetrators documented included Zanu PF members 5,4%, municipal police 3,4%, Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officers 2,2%, war veterans at 0,4% and MDC Alliance members 0,3%," the report read.

How did they come up with these figures?

"The victims recorded, present a different picture. 97,2% of the victims were of unknown affiliation, 1,8% were MDC Alliance members and 0,8% Zanu PF."

The human rights group said the highest violations were recorded for harassment and intimidation with 318 cases, followed by 145 assaults, 88 cases of malicious damage to property and 56 theft/looting cases.

"We recorded 12 cases of extra-judicial killings during the month. Most of the killings were a result of gunshot wounds and took place on Monday 14 January, while others were a result of beatings or other forms of torture such as being thrown out of vehicles in motion," the human rights group reported.

Members of the armed forces ruthlessly crushed the January demonstrations against fuel price hikes. Seventeen civilians were reportedly killed, thousands tortured and arbitrarily arrested, while several women were raped during the crackdown.

- newsday

Tags: NGO, Army, Violence,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Gilbert Mushangazhike surfaces in division 2

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 57 Views

Zimbabwe is reforming for the better

by Sibusiso Ndlamini | 25 April 2019 | 44 Views

'G40 buying guns to fight Mnangagwa,' says Eddie Cross

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 77 Views

European Union pours €4.5millon to Zimbabwe

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 56 Views

Mnangagwa throws lavish dinner for Museveni

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 53 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga lashes 'financial terrorists'

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 42 Views

Govt dismisses rumour of fuel price hike

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 99 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga fires threats at business owners

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 79 Views

Outcry as NetOne increases the price of OneFussion bundles

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 75 Views

PHOTOS: NPRC holds Gukurahundi meeting in Gwanda

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 66 Views

Chiwenga issues a chilling warning

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 95 Views

Zimpapers shuts down its weekly newspaper

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 66 Views

ZANU PF MP raises funds for a woman eaten by dogs alive

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 71 Views

'I was never part of the system' Jonathan Moyo says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 76 Views

PROPHECY: Armed people to hijack buses in Zimbabwe

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 86 Views

ZCTU President Peter Mutasa acquitted

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 47 Views

FULL TEXT: New Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 54 Views

PHOTOS: Zanu-PF Councillor sworn in Bulawayo

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 April 2019 | 53 Views

Chamisa sticks to his guns

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 181 Views

Bid to lure Mugabe back into active politics exposed

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 175 Views

Bulawayo mayor vows to resuscitate industries

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 73 Views

Realizing your dreams in the age of austerity

by Mapozho Saruchera | 25 April 2019 | 76 Views

Chamisa blasts Mnangagwa over Museveni invite

by newzimbabwe | 25 April 2019 | 174 Views

Church leaders meet security chiefs

by newzimbabwe | 25 April 2019 | 140 Views

Govt to standardise varsity appointments

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 83 Views

Chiwenga lashes out at 'financial terrorists'

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 92 Views

Mnangagwa reshuffles top civil servants

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 115 Views

CPU warns of Cyclone Kenneth, landfall

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 92 Views

Support Unit told to be proactive

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 73 Views

$4 million bitumen vanishes

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 62 Views

ZNA dismisses AK47 report

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 79 Views

1 dead, another critically injured in headlights row

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 80 Views

Chiwenga warns for corporates feeding the black market

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 67 Views

Cyclone Kenneth: Zimbabwe not in danger

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 64 Views

Mthuli Ncube laments indisciplined speculation

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 64 Views

Burundi seeks Zimbabwe support to join Sadc

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2019 | 59 Views