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Government orders civilians to hand over guns

Publish date: 04 July 2005
Issue Number: 137
Diary: Legalbrief Africa Old
Category: Zimbabwe

Authorities in Zimbabwe have ordered civilians to surrender their firearms, with police sources saying the move was a precautionary measure following the government’s action against informal dwellers and hawkers.

The police said licences for certain categories of guns had been revoked in terms of the Firearms Act, reports ZimOnline. The government last cancelled firearm licences during the peak of its farm seizure programme in 2000. That move was targeted at white commercial farmers who at that time held a number of assault guns for self-protection. Full report in ZimOnline

The number of fatalities in the Zimbabwe’s continuing urban demolition blitz has risen to 10. Four people, including two children, were killed late last week during the forced removal of residents of Porta Farm squatter camp near Harare to a holding transit camp, Caledonia Farm. Six people had died in earlier ‘clean ups’. The destruction at Porta Farm, says a Business Day report, continued despite the presence of a senior UN special envoy assessing the effects of the nationwide blitz. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s envoy, Anna Kajumalo Tibaijuka, arrived last week with a mandate to assess the veracity of reports on human rights abuses on the ground. The operation, which has displaced up to a million people, has been condemned widely abroad, but not by African leaders. A group of Zimbabwe clergymen yesterday met Pope Benedict at the Vatican to discuss the Zimbabwe situation. Full report on Business Day site