Zimbabwe Police Block Planned MDC Protest

“Your notification does not fulfil all the requirements of Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17 that governs notice of procession, public demonstration and public meetings.”

Source: Zimbabwe Police Block Planned MDC Protest – VOA

In a letter addressed to the MDC and signed by the Officer Commanding Harare, Chief Superintendent Oscar Mugomeri, police said, without elaborating, that the MDC’s planned protest did not meet some requirements of the Public Order and Security Act.

“The office acknowledges receipt of your notification letter on the 16th of October 2019 dated 15 October 2019 in which you intend to hold a demonstration in the C.B.D on the 42th of October 2019 from 1000 hours to 1600 hours.

“Your notification does not fulfil all the requirements of Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17 that governs notice of procession, public demonstration and public meetings.”

Mugomeri was unavailable to comment on the police move to stop the protest. It’s not clear which provisions of the law the MDC failed to follow resulting in the blanket ban.

Section 25 of the POSA reads in part, “Notice of processions, public demonstrations and public meetings … The convener shall not later than seven days before the date on which a procession or public demonstration is to be held, give notice of the procession or public demonstration in writing signed by him or her to the regulating authority for the district in which the procession or public demonstration is to be held; five days before the date on which a public meeting is to be held, give notice of the public meeting in writing signed by him or her to the regulating authority for the district in which the public meeting is to be held …”

The convener of the protest, Happymore Chidzive, who is the leader of the MDC Youth Assembly, was no reachable on his mobile phone.

MDC secretary general and Member of Parliament for Kuwadzana East, Chalton Hwende, posted a message on Twitter claiming that the police have banned the planned party protest.

“Just received this letter from police which effectively bans @mdczimbabwe members from exercising their democratic right to demonstrate @ZANUPF_Official does not even notify the police. Selective application of the law is what brought targeted sanctions.”

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    Ndonga 4 weeks ago

    ED and his idiotic police think that they are so clever and cunning by always banning the MDC from being heard and seen by the people of Zimbabwe.

    Surely, they remember that Smith and his cronies played that exact same stupid games and, in the end, it was all for nothing but sorrow and pain for them and all of us?

    Waken up ED. The people of Zimbabwe are angry and hungry and the sooner you hear them and do something about their suffering the longer you will stay on the back of that stupid donkey you are riding.

    At the moment you look like falling off its back and being kicked in the head by it into the bargain.

    You stupid man.

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    Saddened 3 weeks ago

    Ed, and his idiot minister all think they are clever. They think they can lie to the world and the world is sop stupid they will believe them. Ed announced at the UN that Zimbabwe was a leader in democracy, all was fine. Land seizures were a thing of the past. We wont make your money valueless. Corruption is a thing of the past.
    Lying thieves the lot of them and the world knows it.
    The entire world should sanction this government until they start o understand they fool no one.