The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) on Friday went to court after the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) banned the party’s campaign rally scheduled for in Marondera on Saturday.
In a statement, CCC demanded a level political playing field, asking why they are blocked from holding rallies while ZANU PF conducts its programmes without any hindrances. Part of the statement read:
The High Court is seized with the matter. The Constitution is supreme over the attempt to ban bona fide, peaceful political campaigning and activities.
All state institutions must respect the rule of law. We’re on the way to Marondera and going ahead. Let’s paint Marondera YELLOW!
No lawful obstacle stands in the way of our rally. ZANU PF has been campaigning without interference.
We seek an equal playing field. The regime is clearly panicking and using all unlawful, dirty tricks in the book to try and stand in the way of the citizens. WE ARE NOT STOPPING!
Reports indicate that ZRP has also prohibited CCC from staging a rally in Binga, Matabeleland North, on 15 March.
Under the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (MOPA), political parties and other groups are required to notify the police before holding large gatherings.
Police have used the law to block the opposition, trade unions and similar organisations from holding public gatherings.