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CiZC Vows Not To Notify Police About Future Protests

CiZC Vows Not To Notify Police About Future Protests

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) has vowed to hold unannounced protests in the future after the civic group’s efforts to comply with the law by notifying police have been in vain.

CiZC chairperson Peter Mutasa said this after police last week banned a prayer rally the 75-member alliance had planned for Harare’s Africa Unity Square, which is adjacent to the parliament building.

Police issued a ban on the demonstration citing provisions of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act which prohibited protests within 20 metres of the august house.

Activists had planned to register their concerns as well as petition the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and parliament to act on the resurgence of politically motivated violence and continued harassment of human rights defenders by the State.

ZimLive reports that it was the second time in a month that police have banned a planned protest by the group.

Following the latest ban, CiZC filed a court challenge but the matter had not been set down for determination by the High Court.

Mutasa said the police and High Court’s conduct has frustrated his organisation’s efforts to engage state institutions when planning to conduct peaceful protests in future. He told ZimLive:

We are heavily concerned about the attitude of the police and the High Court of Zimbabwe.

So, we are seeing a well-coordinated approach by State institutions to stifle and to suspend constitutional rights and this is quite sad.

What this will mean is we are going to be forced to go into the streets without notifying the police and we are also going to disengage discussions with the courts and use civil disobedience in a non-violent manner to disregard unjust laws.

Mutasa claims police are biased as they have been approving ZANU PF rallies or demonstrations while denying the same rights to civic groups and the opposition.

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14 Comments

ndini 1 month ago

Kwete kuzoti mavara azarevhu.


saikorojist 1 month ago

Support Unit Zimbabwe


ZANU REPUBLIC POLICE 1 month ago

Serving the interests of ZANU PF


Maparamuro 1 month ago

Madness on steroids is expecting your oppressor and tormentor to give you the right to protest your oppression, hazviko izvo.
They did not need Smith's permission to wage a liberation struggle against his oppression. If you feel you are oppressed and you need your freedom then you have to fight for it by all means necessary and possible.


Maparamuro 1 month ago

Madness on steroids is expecting your oppressor and tormentor to give you the right to protest your oppression, hazviko izvo.
They did not need Smith's permission to wage a liberation struggle against his oppression. If you feel you are oppressed and you need your freedom then you have to fight for it by all means necessary and possible.


pk 1 month ago

ndri kukuonayi muchirambirwa bail
ndri kuonazve muvekuti go in fund me


INTERESTED ONLOOKER 1 month ago

Freedom does not come on a silver platter.

gogodera 1 month ago

kkk

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MuSabatha(SDA) 1 month ago

Civil disobedience is the answer. We the people of zimbabwe can put this regime under sanctions as a nation. We must stop doing any activities or business with anybody connected with the regime. Our actions must always be in a way that makes it impossible or very hard for the regime opressing us...#free the captives..


ED 1 month ago

The is end neigh


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

While it may be wild to support Comrade Peter Mutasa in his vows of demonstration without notifying the Police, some citizens may clearly conclude that Advocate Peter Mutasa in being deliberately frustrated.

If government continues to use the Police to frustrate civil societies and opposition political parties from participating in genuine and legalised activities, these groups may be forced to ignore the law.

[ POLICE SERVICE MUST BE ON THE BACK AND CALL OF ALL CITIZENS ].

[ NGAAPINDE HAKE MUKOMANA CHAMISA ].

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Stop Using People 1 month ago

Dear Peter,
Please read about the plight of the Nyatsime 13 families to understand why we will not be joining you.Fundraising for Sikhala and Sithole only now exceeds £6 000


kawuluka Binga 1 month ago

ZIMBABWE let's unit and love our country, thus all.


Taneta Nekuseenzeswa 1 month ago

Suppose we join you.Tikasungwa dzedu mhuri dzinosara dzichitambura dzenyu dzichiitirwa fund raising.
Saka itai mega.



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