via Renewal Team gets police clearance for congress – NewsDay Zimbabwe August 29, 2015
POLICE have finally cleared Tendai Biti’s MDC Renewal Team inaugural convention to be held at the City Sports Centre in Harare on September 10 and 11.
by PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
The initial dates were cancelled last week after they clashed with Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s church service.
In the letter gleaned by NewsDay, the police officer commanding Harare Central District only identified as Chief Superintendent Norbert Saunyama wrote to the party confirming the approval.
“Your notification letter to hold the above event on the 10th and 11th of September 2015 at the City Sports Centre starting at 0730 hours for both days has been noted,” Saunyama wrote.
The permission, however, came coupled with conditions that the party is supposed to observe if the meeting has to pass successfully.
“Please confine your event to the above stated venue and time outlined, and we (police) will be monitoring and you are expected to co-operate with the police and other government agents,” he added.
The police also warned they would not hesitate to stop the meeting if the conditions given were not observed.
“The provisions of Section 29 of the Public Order and security Act Chapter 11:17 will be effected if any of the conditions stated above are violated,” Saunyama wrote.
Renewal Team spokesman Jacob Mafume confirmed that they had received the police nod.
“I can confirm that we will finally hold our convention and offer Zimbabweans a political alternative in leadership and ideas to take this country forward,” Mafume said.
Meanwhile, the convention is expected to elect Tendai Biti as its inaugural president after it split from the MDC-T after the 2013 electoral defeat.
Biti and company were calling for leadership renewal in the party after Tsvangirai had lost three consecutive presidential elections to President Robert Mugabe since 2000.
Other senior leaders expected to get into the executive are Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo, Gorden Moyo, Lucia Matibenga, Solomon Madzore and Mafume.
The party will also launch its two new economic policy documents at the convention seeking to revive the national economy.