The Masvingo High Court on Saturday gave the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) permission to stage its campaign rally in Masvingo at Rujeko Open Grounds on Sunday.
The order was granted on Saturday morning by High Court judge, Justice Sunsley Zisengwe after CCC filed an urgent chamber application after the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had issued a prohibition order against the rally.
Officer Commanding Masvingo Central District, Chief Superintendent Simangaliso Dube, had denied the request by CCC to host the rally on the basis that ZANU PF was hosting two similar rallies in the district.
However, Justice Zisengwe issued an interim order granting permission CCC permission to hold the rally and directed the police not to interfere with the event. The judge said:
Respondents and all those acting through them be and are hereby interdicted from interfering with or cancelling applicants’ by-election campaign launch at Rujeko A open Grounds on the 20th of March 2022 between 1000hrs and 1600hrs.
CCC Masvingo district chairperson, Martin Mureri, told New Zimbabwe that the party was going ahead with its preparations for the rally. Said Mureri:
Today the High Court gave us the go-ahead to host our provincial rally so our people are now on the ground mobilising support and publicising the event. Our president, Nelson Chamisa will be in attendance.
Police have blocked CCC from holding rallies in Gokwe, Marondera and Binga while the ruling ZANU PF party has been staging its events without hindrance.