Crisis Coalition slams Police for blocking CCC Marondera rally
By Staff Writer
CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) has slammed the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for blocking the Citizens Coalition for Change rally in Marondera amid calls for the authority to abide by the constitution.
The coalition condemned the actions saying they violate the constitution especially after the High Court had cleared the event.
We deplore the failure by the ZRP to respect Court rulings. Such conduct can only serve to create an uneven playing ground and cast doubts over the credibility of the March 26 by elections and the 2023 national elections,” CiCZ said in a statement.
The coalition demanded that the ZRP must abide by its constitutional mandate and desist from operating as an appendage of the ruling party, Zanu PF.
The rally was part of CCC leader Nelson Chamisa’s whirlwind campaign ahead of the upcoming legislative and municipal by elections.
As early as Friday evening, hundreds of Chamisa’s supporters were already marching in the farming town, singing, chanting party slogans and inviting more people to their rally.
Its leaders also declared they would be going ahead with their rally despite the Friday morning ban.
Two weeks ago, Chamisa’s rally in Gokwe rally was banned on the eleventh hour despite the High Court having cleared it, leading to police teargassing supporters as a means to disperse them.
The rally, one of three party leader Nelson Chamisa has spoken at will be at Rudhaka stadium Saturday.
Police indicated that CCC’s application for a car rally was invalid because of insufficient notification time and went against provisions of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (MOPA).
That has however not stopped CCC leaders from encouraging their supporters to attend it.
“We are definitely going ahead in accordance with the law. Come one, come many!” the party’s national spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said in a Twitter post.