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Home Affairs Co-Ministers unveil new policy for demonstrations
Kandemiiri, VOA News
Zimbabwe's Ministry of
Home Affairs, control of which is shared by the two main parties
in the country's power-sharing government, said this week that demonstrations
will be allowed so long as the organizers of protests notify the
police in advance.
The two Home Affairs co-ministers, Giles Mutsekwa of the Movement
for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
and Kembo Mohadi of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic
Front of President Robert Mugabe, spelled out the new policy for
demonstrations Tuesday in a news conference. Under the previous
government the Zimbabwean police frequently dispersed protesters
with batons swinging.
Constitutional Assembly Chairman Lovemore Madhuku, whose organization
has in the past had close encounters with the Zimbabwe Republic
Police, said the new dispensation is nothing to cheer about because
the 2002 Public
Order and Security Act or POSA is still in place making it illegal
to demonstrate without prior authorization from the police.
But Co-Minister Mutsekwa
told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that
the government is moving to repeal repressive laws including the
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