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ZRP Has Not Banned CCC Gokwe Rally, Says High Court

ZRP Has Not Banned CCC Gokwe Rally, Says High Court

High Court judge Justice Sylvia Chirau on Saturday morning ruled that the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) can proceed with its rally scheduled for Gokwe this Saturday.

Lawyers representing CCC had filed an urgent application at the High Court after the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) purportedly cancelled the Gokwe rally at the 11th hour.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), CCC officials received a call on Friday requesting them to cancel their rally because President Emmerson Mnangagwa has his own rally in Kwekwe, 143 km away.

In court, ZRP accused CCC of lying that they had banned the opposition party rally saying “maybe, they’re no longer interested in proceeding with their own rally”.

ZLHR reported ZRP as saying they don’t even know anyone by the name Muza who purportedly called CCC banning the rally within its rank and file.

Justice Chirau on Saturday made a finding that there is no proof that the rally has been cancelled by ZRP or is likely to be cancelled.

The Judge stated that what she has is “proof that the police have authorised the rally… that authorisation has not been withdrawn or cancelled. That authorisation remains extant”.

ZRP approved the CCC rally in a letter written by ZRP Officer-In-Charge Gokwe District, Chief Superintendent Chikono, addressed to the party’s Organising Secretary in Gokwe Central Constituency, Agnes Limbani Jumo.

The letter, dated 22 February, read in part:

It is your submission that you intend to conduct a by-election campaign launch rally at Open Space opposite Runganga Service Station, Gokwe South on the 26th day of February 2022 from 1000 hours to 1700 hours.

Your notification has been noted and this office does not have any reservations subject to the following;

a) You adhere to the stated date and times.

b) You ensure that you stick to the notified venue and avoid breaching public peace or interfering with the normal life or movement of other citizens.

c) No processions or toyi-toyi to be done before, during or after the rally.

d) Should you wish to make any changes, you shall have to re-notify.

e) The provisions of Section 7 of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act, Chapter 11:23 will be evoked if any of the conditions are violated.

f) You ensure that all proceedings are done within the confines of your mandate.

g) You adhere with due regards to the COVID-19 guidelines and ensure the gathering is not more than one hundred people and subjected to properly wearing of face masks, use of sanitisers, temperature screening and observing the social distancing.

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12 Comments

Patriotic One 2 months ago

"ensure that the gathering is not more than 100 people", my foot!! This ZRP has got no shame at all. Even Nzondora who hasn't got more than 100 supporters countrywide is allowed to have more than 200 people including spectators and ZANU PF is allowed to bus their supporters from as far as Gumbonzvanda with more than 100 busses. Come to the Yellow Party, "adhere to covid regulations.


The Undertaker 2 months ago

𝐕𝐢𝐯𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞' 𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 , 𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞' 𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞


2 months ago

Kkkk 2 months ago

Yaa, other ways it's a secret banning because on the last paragraph, a rally of 100 people can cause a lot of noise from other supporters who will not have access to the leader of their choice

In this statement### and ensure the gathering is not more than one hundred people ### does not show that this is being applied to all political parties eg MDCA or ZANU PF.

The point is quite nice but must be applied to every political party, not CCC alone.

When it comes to people around the world watching Chamisa being surrounded by 99 people, they will totally rush to the fact that he doesn't have a full support from his supporters yet they are are banned to campaign freely.

If it is that they must be no rallies, do it for all

If it is that you only need 100 people at rallies, do the same to ZANU PF and MDC ALLIANCE.

To my view, I will say that this a secret banning.

IF NOT TRUE, REMOVE THE LAST PARAGRAPH OR the statement that says### and ensure the gathering is not more than one hundred people ##### OR APPLY IT TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES

FULL STOP


Hulk Hogan 2 months ago

@Mboko kkkkk so you the guy who was dressed in a Yellow garment,dancing and casting out the spirit of ZANU pf on some guys,yeah i saw you on Tick tok.Mboko my guy,the cool Shona kkkkk.Keep it up.......but do you know you are on Tik Tok?


Mboko 2 months ago

Ndini wangu,ndakataura kuti ndoyenda negemenzi netsvimbo kuZim grounds wani..mafollowers angu epano akauya kuzvondimhoresa. ..

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Mboko 2 months ago

KuGokwe ndengendiripo nezigemenzi rangu reyellow netsvimbo...maZanu tokuzivai


Tkt 2 months ago

CCC vagabonds have pulled another attention seeking theatrics..this time anambwa you have been exposed..


Mai chisamba 2 months ago

Sorry hako Tkt,was joking shaa..

Kkkkk 2 months ago

Kkkkk mai chisamba you made my day

Tkt 2 months ago

Dzikama amai asina basa,kushandisa zita remumwe munhu koratidza njere dzisina kugara mushe

Mai chisamba 2 months ago

Vaombererei maoko ndomuonero wavowo.Pfungwa dzinosiyana asi chine musoro chataurwa hapana


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