International rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch (HRW), has warned that Zimbabwe could face another violent and flawed election in next year’s harmonised polls as the military gets more active to support Vice President Mnangagwa’s push for office. Commander Defence Forces General Constantino Chiwenga has publicly threatened Prof. Jonathan Moyo with unspecified action for his constant criticism of Mnangagwa. Moyo is one of the key members of the G40 Faction which is opposed to Mnangagwa taking over from President Mugabe.
In a statement HRW said:
Zimbabwe also faces serious threats to its ability to hold credible elections, including the involvement of security forces in political affairs and the ruling Zanu PF party’s endorsement of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its presidential candidate amid rumours about his health.
The involvement of security forces in Zimbabwe’s political and electoral affairs could, as in the past, severely undermine the credibility of the elections and raise the risk of political violence within political parties and across the country.
…non-governmental organisations have reported that the police use outdated and abusive laws to violate basic rights such as freedom of expression and assembly, and harass activists, human rights defenders, and LGBT people.
There has been no progress toward justice for human rights violations and past political violence.
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