Anti-corruption march banned

HARARE - Police have banned an anti-corruption march organised by civil society leaders. 

Okay Machisa, Zim Rights chief, said the police outlawed the march over unclear reasons.

“We wrote a letter to the police two weeks ago seeking permission to conduct a peaceful march against unbecoming levels of corruption in Zimbabwe and we were asked to make some corrections,” Machisa told reporters in Harare yesterday.

“To our surprise, yesterday (Wednesday) we received a letter from the police dismissing our march for unclear reasons. They used an outdated letter which we corrected to dismiss our application.”

Machisa said the ban shows a serious policy discord in the country as the application was in accordance with the Public Order and Security Act (Posa).

More than 60 civil society organisations disapproved the collapse of public responsibility, widespread corruption in public institutions and death of sense of right and wrong, by public officials.

“We would like to register our sternest disapproval of the breakdown of public accountability, widespread corruption in public institutions and death of conscience in public officials who have become shockingly parasitic on the State by siphoning large millions of public funds,” Machisa said.

Comments (6)

How do you expect a corrupt organisation to sanction a match against corruption, against it? It was going to be impossible.

Maita Manyuka - 14 February 2014

Our constitution allows for peaceful demonstrations.

JACKSON Mushayapokuvaka - 14 February 2014

WE CONTINUE TO SUFFER PEACIFULLY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE COMRADES

TOBAIWAMUDEDE - 14 February 2014

Wayengcono uLobengula wabona sokunzima wazihambela wanyamalala kulalokhu kusebenza uku renovator izindlu ezihlala omalulwane haha mx

Nqwa - 14 February 2014

Wayengcono uLobengula wabona sokunzima wazihambela wanyamalala kulalokhu kusebenza uku renovator izindlu ezihlala omalulwane haha mx

Nqwa - 14 February 2014

the so-called civil society organisations, kuda kutsvaga lime light zvakapusa. this is the kind of sponsored protest culture that has failed zimbabweans before. a demonstration of this nature does not need to be approved by anyone. if yu can, then simply take the people on the street without seeking this so called zrp approval. that way, the people wil then judge your level of seriousness about your concerns on corruption in public office.

donor obssessed civil society - 15 February 2014

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