Police have no power to ban demonstrations — High Court

via Police have no power to ban demonstrations — High Court – NewsDay Zimbabwe August 7, 2014 by Christopher Mahove

HIGH Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe yesterday ruled that the Zimbabwe Republic Police has no power to ban demonstrations by trade unions.

Justice Hungwe made the remarks when he issued an order by consent allowing National Railways of Zimbabwe workers to stage peaceful demonstrations across the country in protest over non-payment of salaries.

The workers are owed $55 million in salary arrears spreaded over 15 months.

The workers had approached the High Court seeking an order barring the police from interfering with their activities after their planned demonstrations were blocked by the police last Saturday.

Justice Hungwe ordered that the workers proceed with their demonstrations on another future date without the interference of the police.

Joseph Mumbengegwi, from the Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Office, who was representing the
police, had insisted that the order should state that the workers should first notify the police before proceeding with the demonstrations.

He argued that the police were mandated with maintaining peace in the country and they could only be able to do that if they were notified of forthcoming events.

However, the workers’ lawyer Jeremiah Bamu argued that notifying the police would be outside the dictates of the Public Order and Security Act (Posa).

Justice Hungwe ruled that the provisions of Posa were ultra-vires [beyond the powers of] the Constitution.

The judge said it was up to the police to liaise with the leaders of the workers to ensure that peace was maintained during the demonstrations.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 5
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    We have one man rule here in Zimbabwe.
    Mugabe will tell them, judges, police, everybody, what to do.

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    Does anyone really believe ZANU listens to judges or follow the rule of law? They thrive in chaos where they can use violence, loot all the resources & rig elections.

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    biend 7 years ago

    lets wait n c,very interesting

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    Don Cox 7 years ago

    When the police are no longer being paid, will they allow themselves to demonstrate ?

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    Demostration yacho inobetsera chii? Do you think you will get paid? Its amazing how people still live in their little worlds, its Zanu you will never get paid.