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The Ministry of Homes Affairs has withdrawn two of the prohibition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.
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.
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.
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.
the ZLHR fact
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