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Lest We Forget: From LOMA to POSA
Public meeting commemorating the 1960 protests
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
Harare, July 24, 2003

Demonstrations and riots broke out across then-Southern Rhodesia in July 1960 following the arrest of three NDP leaders (Leopold Takawira, Michael Mawema and Stanlake Sangwema) on 19 July 1960.

Protests and demonstrations in cities across the country-including Salisbury, Gwelo and Bulawayo were violently disrupted by security forces of the Whitehead regime. In Bulawayo, members of the police shot and killed 11 people on 24 July.

Soon after these demonstrations the Law and Order (Maintenance) Act (LOMA) was enacted by the Rhodesian government. In 2002, the Zimbabwean government replaced LOMA with the Public Order and Security Act (POSA).

In honour of this history, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition hosted a commemorative public meeting which was addressed by Cde Edgar Tekere, Hon Paul Themba Nyathi and Dr John Makumbe. The meeting was attended by over 400 people. The purpose of the meeting was to commemorate events of July 1960, and to encourage the audience to consider the similarities and differences between Southern Rhodesia in 1960 and Zimbabwe in 2003.

An introduction to the meeting by Brian Raftopoulos, Chair, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and papers presented by John Makumbe, Brian Raftopolous, Edgar Tekere and Paul Themba-Nyathi follow:

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