Brace for another violent and flawed election next year: Human Rights Watch warns Zimbabweans

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…non-governmental organisations have reported that the police use outdated and abusive laws to violate basic rights such as freedom of expression and assembly, and harass activists, human rights defenders, and LGBT people.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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Constantino ChiwengaG40 FactionJonathan Moyo

Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is the current Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the second secretary of Zanu-PF political party and the former Minister of Defence . He is also the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and also the former member... Read More About Constantino Chiwenga

The Zanu-PF Generation 40, or G40 for short, was a group of Zanu-PF politicians that was believed to be working against the possibility of Emmerson Mnangagwa (Lacoste Faction) succeeding former president Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. Tentative evidence indicates that the group at one... Read More About G40 Faction

Jonathan Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and former member of the ZANU-PF party where he was a member of the party's Politiburo. He is also the former minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Moyo was expelled from Parliament as the (Tsholotsho North) Legislator in November... Read More About Jonathan Moyo


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