Monday 5 October 2020

Rise in Shooting Fatalities in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO) is distraught and extremely dismayed at the rise in shooting fatalities in Zimbabwe especially in the last 30 days.
Zimbabwean Soldier

The first reported incident in the last 30 days was around the 6th of September 2020.  Reports are that it occurred in the Chivhu area as reported in the various Zimbabwean State media and News Papers.  The reports are that there was a firefight with two men who are said to have previously shot two soldiers.  The two men are said to have been shot and fatally wounded.  The manner in which the deployment of the Zimbabwean forces has been carried out is shocking when looked at by the lay.  It seems to be leading to conflicts within the communities up and down the whole of Zimbabwe.

The second reported incident was around the 1st of October 2020 in the world renowned Victoria Falls area.  It is alleged that members of the Zimbabwean security forces shot two men, fatally injuring one.  There seems to have been an argument of sorts that led to the shooting.
The third and latest reported incident involved ZANU PF Youths who were shot at allegedly for trespassing.  The reports were made yesterday on the 3rd of October 2020 in the Country’s main Government Newspaper (The Herald).  It is also alleged that one youth lost his life following the shooting and two security guards are under arrest.

Zimbabwe is a country that has historically been plagued by more than just isolated incidents of Rights Abuses.  This is the same country that previously bard entry to Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture in 2009.

It is a shame and it is extremely concerning that the Zimbabwe National Army is deployed all over Zimbabwe, living with the people they are meant to protect, not in barracks, yet there is no civil war, there is no invasion and incidents involving security forces, have been escalating.

In times of peace, soldiers are usually confined to the borders of countries, barracks and  military installations.

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