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  • Two prohibition orders withdrawn
    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
    March 17, 2007

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    The Ministry of Homes Affairs has withdrawn two of the prohibition orders for the holding of rallies and political gatherings promulgated by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

    Minister Kembo Mohadi made the decision to withdraw the orders during an appeal hearing at his offices on Saturday 17 March, after the Movement for Democratic Change had instituted appeals as provided by the Public Order and Security Act, (POSA) (Chapter 11: 17). Lawyers Selby Hwacha and Jessie Majome instructed by the MDC appeared before the Minister, accompanied by Tafadzwa Mugabe of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

    At the hearing, ZRP through its legal counsel, Superintendent Nzombe conceded that the prohibition orders issued for Harare South and Mbare Districts in terms of Section 27 of POSA were invalid and therefore of no force and effect at law, as they purported to ban rallies and public demonstrations for three months yet the enabling Act; POSA is clear that such orders can only have a maximum life span of one month.

    Minister Mohadi intends to make a decision on the two remaining orders, due to expire at the end of March, in respect of Harare Central and Chitungwiza Districts in due course.

    ZLHR commends the decision by the Ministry of Home Affairs, despite the major violations occasioned to individuals, groups and organisations under the guise of dispersing illegal rallies and meetings by members of ZRP which they should be held accountable for.

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