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reverse ban of MDC-T crossover rally, set stringent conditions as
aspiring legislator gets bail
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
July 27, 2013
Republic Police (ZRP) has reversed its ban of an MDC-T final election
campaign rally set for Monday 29 July 2013 and imposed a stringent
code of conduct and conditions to be adhered to by the conveners
and party supporters.
In an incident
which stoked up tensions between President Robert Mugabe and his
long-time rival turned coalition
government partner Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, ahead of
harmonized elections, the ZRP through Chief Superintendent Titus
Chagwedera, the Officer Commanding Harare Central District on Friday
26 July 2013 turned down the MDC-T’s notification to hold
its final election campaign rally near Rainbow Towers in Harare
on the grounds that the law enforcement agency did not have enough
police personnel to cover the rally after deploying them to polling
stations around the country to secure some election material.
Chagwedera said the ZRP also feared that the MDC-T rally could “culminate
in political violence.”
a major u-turn, Chagwedera on Saturday 27 July 2013 reversed the
ban and sanctioned the MDC-T to proceed although he imposed some
stringent conditions for the rally.
Chagwedera said no party supporters from outside Harare would be
allowed to attend the rally and no toyi-toying should be done before,
during and after the rally.
Chagwedera said the police will keep an eye on the conduct of the
MDC-T supporters during the rally even though he had indicated that
the ZRP had no manpower to do so in his correspondence to the party
on Friday 26 July 2013.
Chagwedera warned that all sections of the security forces would
“monitor the situation”.
go to the polls on Wednesday 31 July 2013 to elect a new government
that will take over from the fragile coalition government of Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe formed almost
five years ago to stem the country’s political and economic
Magistrate Noah Gwatidzo on Saturday 27 July 2013 released on $30
bail Shuwa Mudiwa, the MDC-T aspiring parliamentary candidate for
Mutare West constituency, who was arrested early in the morning
for allegedly convening a meeting without securing police authority.
Mudiwa was charged
with contravening Section 25 (1) (b) of the Public
Order and Security Act after he allegedly convened a meeting
at Mashuka shuka Business Centre, Marange, in Manicaland province
on 26 July 2013. He was represented by Chris Ndlovu of Gonese Ndlovu
Legal Practitioners and Blessing Nyamaropa of ZLHR.
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