|UN human rights chief jets in|
|Monday, 21 May 2012 00:00|
Obert Chifamba Senior Reporter
In a brief address to the Press, Ms Pillay said it was important for Government to invite the UN to assess Zimbabwe’s human rights situation.
Ms Pillay will meet President Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai separately.
invited the UN Commissioner because it had nothing to hide.
Minister Chinamasa is on record saying Zimbabwe was not worried about negative reports by some non-governmental organisations as the country fully subscribed to the UN provisions on human rights.
NGOs are allegedly scrambling to produce damning dossiers and documents on Zimbabwe’s human rights situation for Ms Pillay’s attention in a bid to sway the UN’s opinion against the country.
Over the past week, sections of the private media were awash with adverts and statements from the NGO sector over alleged human rights abuses.
Minister Chinamasa said the UN human rights boss would also meet Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, Senate president Ednah Madzongwe and Speaker of the House of Assembly Mr Lovemore Moyo. Today, she will meet Ministers of Defence, Labour and Social Services, Foreign Affairs, Lands and Rural Resettlement, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development and senior officers in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Her itinerary will also see her meeting a cross section of other stakeholders in human rights issues before visiting a farm owned by one indigenous Zimbabwean and one tobacco auction floor.
She will deliver a lecture on economic and social rights at the University of Zimbabwe and later meet officials from the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee, the Zimbabwe Media Commission and the Anti-Corruption Committee, before winding up her visit with a Press conference on her findings on Friday.