Police ban MDC Youth Assembly peace march
Police in Harare have banned the MDC Youth Assembly from holding a peace
march in central Harare next month. On Monday, the MDC Youth Assembly
Secretary, Promise Mkwananzi notified the police of the party’s intention to
hold a peace march in central Harare on Saturday 16, October 2011.
The peace march is in support of calls by President Morgan Tsvangirai and
Zanu PF’s Robert Mugabe for the creation of a peaceful environment in the
country. The two leaders have further urged the youths to be peaceful and
not to be used by politicians to perpetrate violence against innocent
However, the Youth Assembly was today informed by the police that the police
had banned all public marches except those organised by government
ministries or departments.
The Youth Assembly said it was unhappy with the police decision and would
seek legal assistance in order to challenge the decision in court.
The proposed peace march by the Youth Assembly comes at a time when hundreds
of Zanu PF youths under the notorious wing – Chipangano – have taken over
bus ranks in central Harare and are demanding cash from bus operators and
vendors. The Zanu PF youths are also responsible for assaulting innocent
people especially and Mupedzanhamo, Siyaso and Mbare Musika.
The police have not been taking any action against these rowdy Zanu PF
youths although most of them are known. Early this year the police denied
the MDC from holding its meetings and rallies across the country in clear
defiance of the Public Order and Security Act (Posa).
According to Posa, the police needs only to be notified that a political
party is holding a meeting and they have no right to deny that. The ZRP has
no powers to stop public gatherings and the MDC is seriously concerned that
it is being used to be the agency and hangman of Zanu PF, which is a fading
and expiring political party.
Zanu PF youths have been granted and escorted by the police to hold their
meetings most of which have turned violent as they looted and assaulted
MDC Information & Publicity Department
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