THE African Union Commission (AUC) is following closely political developments in Zimbabwe and has warned the government against flouting its human rights charter.
In a statement, AUC chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said he was concerned about reports of disproportionate use of force by security forces in enforcing Covid-19 emergency measures and implored the authorities to exercise restraint in the response to peaceful protests.
“Cognisant of the existing harsh socio-economic situation in the country…urges the Zimbabwe authorities to respond to the pandemic ensuring that the national response is premised on human rights as enshrined in the 1981 African Charter on Human and People’s Rights,” Faki said.
“We can no longer dismiss Zimbabwe’s abnormal state of affairs as their usual normal. In condemning the Zanu PF government and the use of its security apparatus against innocent citizens, we are appalled by the silence of our own government which has decided to bury its head in the proverbial sand by adopting a ‘see no evil … hear no evil’ posture,” Saleshando said.