Police bias irks Zapu
By Pindai Dube
BULAWAYO – The opposition Zapu has threatened to hold its future public
meetings without clearance after police in Umzingwane District, Matabeleland
South province on Saturday banned the party’s road show claiming they did
not have enough manpower.
In a statement on Saturday after the banning of the road show, Methuseli
Moyo the Zapu information director, said the party is losing patience on
dictatorship and will go ahead with future meetings without police
He said they believe the police were acting on instructions from Zanu-PF not
to allow Zapu to campaign.
“We call on the co-ministers of Home Affairs and the rest of the inclusive
government to prevail on the Zanu PF establishment to allow Zimbabweans to
freely conduct political activities.
“Zapu is fast losing patience with the dictatorship. If the situation
remains unchanged, our party will in future go ahead with its activities,”
Moyo said the Zapu road show was scheduled for areas around Mbalabala,
Nswazi and Mawabeni in Umzingwane before police banned it.
“Zapu initially planned holding the event on Wednesday November 2, but the
police advised us to give them more time to prepare and suggested Saturday,
which we agreed to. We were surprised when Esigodini police called on Friday
and told us we could not go ahead with the event.”
“The police claimed that they did not have enough manpower and resources to
cover all the areas we wanted to visit,” he said.
The ban on Zapu road show comes just a week after police in Victoria Falls
and Lupane in Matabeleland North province blocked Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai and his MDC party from holding rallies despite court orders which
gave them permission.
Hundreds of villagers had gathered at St Pauls Mission in Lupane last
weekend for an address by Tsvangirai but riot police chased them away before
the MDC leader’s arrival.
The police, who have been accused of selective application of the law in the
past, also prevented the Premier from holding a rally at Chinotimba Stadium
in Victoria Falls.
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