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