Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa has said the police is selectively applying the law after the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) issued a list of conditions to be met by the party at its rally scheduled for the 20th of February.
ZRP authorised the party to hold its rally to launch its campaign for the March 26 by-elections but listed a set of rules to be observed by the party. In response, the party said:
The Zimbabwe Police have cleared our star rally scheduled for Sunday 20 February 2022 but with unconstitutional clauses in the approval letter. This selective application of the law is regrettable & unconstitutional.
Party national spokesperson, advocate Fadzayi Mahere said the ZRP was not being fair. Said Mahere:
Do the restrictions you’ve imposed on @CCCZimbabwe apply to @edmnangagwa or are some animals more equal than others? We need new leaders!
There is one rule for them and another rule for us. These conditions are unconstitutional & violate our right to equality before the law. Why were these restrictions not placed on @ZANUPF_Official & @OurMDCT. The regime is scared stiff!
Sec 67 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe gives citizens the right to support any political cause, individually or in groups. Why ban slogans at a rally? Why ban singing? Why ban transport? @ZECzim this is what we mean when we say the playing field is not free or fair!
They were allowed to sing, chant slogans, convoy vehicles & gather in their thousands but they say @CCCZimbabwe can’t?! @PoliceZimbabwe are you aware that s68 of the Constitution obliges you to be substantively fair on all your administrative decision making?