21 August- The Zimbabwe Peace Project has noted the violence that has erupted in the Gweru Central Business District where police who were trying to evict vendors from that area were attacked by the resisting vendors. In the past such clashes between civilians and police have led to extreme violence after government deployed the military to deal with the situation. Police have a constitutional mandate to maintain law and order and ZPP urges citizens not to violently confront police officers who are constitutionally discharging their duties. In the same vein ZPP urges the government and local authorities to respect citizens’ right to a livelihood and therefore amicably find solutions to the problems in the city. ZPP also urges police not to use heavy handed tactics in the discharge of their duties.
Meanwhile ZPP urges vendors in Gweru to also report all incidents of police brutality to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission or to ZPP on its hotline and Toll Free numbers.
ZPP is a Non Governmental Organization that was founded in 2000 by a group of faith based and human rights NGOs working and interested in human rights and peace-building initiatives. ZPP has become a vehicle for civic interventions in times of political crises. In particular, ZPP seeks to monitor and document incidents of human rights violations and breaches of peace.
If you are concerned about acts of violence in your community, ZPP encourages you to get in touch with us on Hotline and WhatsApp numbers
+263 774 883 406 and +263 774 883 417
Toll Free: 080 80199