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Police ban MDC Youth Assembly peace march
for Democratic Change (MDC)
September 27, 2011
Police in Harare have banned the MDC Youth Assembly from holding
a peace march in central Harare next month. On Monday, the MDC Youth
Assembly Secretary, Promise Mkwananzi notified the police of the
party's intention to hold a peace march in central Harare
on Saturday 16, October 2011.
The peace march
is in support of calls by President Morgan Tsvangirai and Zanu PF's
Robert Mugabe for the creation of a peaceful environment in the
country. The two leaders have further urged the youths to be peaceful
and not to be used by politicians to perpetrate violence against
Youth Assembly was today informed by the police that the police
had banned all public marches except those organised by government
ministries or departments.
The Youth Assembly
said it was unhappy with the police decision and would seek legal
assistance in order to challenge the decision in court.
peace march by the Youth Assembly comes at a time when hundreds
of Zanu PF youths under the notorious wing - Chipangano -
have taken over bus ranks in central Harare and are demanding cash
from bus operators and vendors. The Zanu PF youths are also responsible
for assaulting innocent people especially and Mupedzanhamo, Siyaso
and Mbare Musika.
The police have
not been taking any action against these rowdy Zanu PF youths although
most of them are known. Early this year the police denied the MDC
from holding its meetings and rallies across the country in clear
defiance of the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA).
Posa, the police needs only to be notified that a political party
is holding a meeting and they have no right to deny that. The ZRP
has no powers to stop public gatherings and the MDC is seriously
concerned that it is being used to be the agency and hangman of
Zanu PF, which is a fading and expiring political party.
Zanu PF youths
have been granted and escorted by the police to hold their meetings
most of which have turned violent as they looted and assaulted innocent
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