Police thwart MDC demo

HARARE - Baton-wielding police officers yesterday violently thwarted an MDC rally for jobs, indiscriminately beating up the youthful demonstrators and detaining 15.

Paul Nyathi, police spokesperson, said in a statement they would not “hesitate to apply the full wrath of the law in dealing with malcontents”

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm that 70 MDC-T activists were dispersed by police in Harare after a failed attempt to engage in an unsanctioned demonstration,”
Nyathi said.

“The unruly and drunk MDC-T elements were blocking traffic in the Harare central business district and throwing stones to the public and police.”

Clifford Hlatshwayo, the MDC Youth Assembly spokesperson, who was beaten up together with 14 others, said they were briefly detained at Harare Central Police Station.

“I was held by the belt and hauled into a police truck where the police were beating up people,” Hlatshwayo said.

“We were taken to Harare Central Police Station and later released.”

The injured were rushed to a Harare clinic, with most of them nursing soft-tissue injuries.

Section 59 of the new Constitution provides for the right to demonstrate and petition.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC spokesperson, said it was now clear that the Zanu PF government was averse to the rule of law and constitutionalism.

“Our youths have been staging demonstrations demanding jobs, the purpose being to get government into action,” Mwonzora said.

The MDC youths intended to hand over a petition to the speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda, demanding that the legislative arm of government “increases its oversight role in
monitoring policies adopted by the executive to ensure they serve to create productive employment opportunities.”

Mwonzora, said regardless of the “police heavy handedness”, the opposition movement will not be cowed.

“Whatever they do, our youths will not be deterred from demanding what is rightfully theirs,” he said.

In Parliament yesterday, MDC legislator for Binga North   Prince Dubeko Sibanda asked  Justice minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa about the demo.

Mnangagwa said if the police had broken the law they had to be sued in a court of law.

“Whenever, police are doing their duties they will be guided by the law,” he said.

“However, if citizens feels that they are breaking the law they should approach the court for that to be addressed. No one is above the law, whether the police or MPs.”

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The Police should find ways of ending demos without hurting fellow zimbabweans as this will only disunite the country further. we need the president to concentrate on the more important issues and not come back to find petty discussions please

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felix - 28 August 2014

Recently violence broke out at an unsanctioned Zanu PF meeting where some party youths were injured? Where were the police and their duties guided by the law Mr Mnangangwa? This is pure selective application of the so called law. Nxaaaaa

Positive Thinking - 28 August 2014

At least our Zrp are going to work non-stop because what is happening in Harare is the tip of an ice berg; muchatiguta imi mapurisa e Zanu.

charles moyo - 29 August 2014

Beating youths of Zimbabwe who are rightly demanding what is theirs is a complete violation to the new constitution as mapurisa achiri kushandisa old constitution , kurova ndokuvapa basa here very soon Zrp will be also doing voluntary retrenchments like Zb ko thus the only option to go hakuna mari yekuvahoresa , China yati haina mari look east policy.

charles moyo - 29 August 2014

NGAVANYATSOROHWA CHAIZVO VAPFANA IVAVO!!...did they watch their favourite nation in terms of human rights & democracy i.e. USA, deal with public demos in Missouri after the police shooting of Michael Brown??!! In their drunken stupor -from ZED and mbanje- these misguided youths have forgotten that it was Chematama who once boasted "Mati muri kushaya? Muchanyatsoshaisisa!! Wasn't it their directionless party which cried, begged and grovelled for sanctions to be imposed on Zim, thanks to which the economy has been made to SCREAM as Chester Crocker eerily warned at the enactment of ZDERA??!!

ZVAZVIRI - 29 August 2014

Eissh!!!!!!! some brain washed idiots are still talking of non existing sanctions in place of travel restrictions for few hooligans . Our youth are demanding for jobs which they were promised and it is their right to do so with out any one stopping them . Remember in 1980 our economy was number 2 in the continent but as soon as the fools took over they misused it by for example forming an army called gukulahundi to revenge the killings of 8 white tourist who were kidnapped and killed in Umguza area the army went on to butcher 20 000 blacks . The idiot guy went on to divide our people by excluding all tribal groups in the country only his mother tribal group to hold senior positions in gvt up to day . our armies were sent to fight useless wars in Africa at our expense like in DRC where 110 000 dollars was spent every day for the duration of two yrs and what did we gain from that nothing but SA bcoz their companies are heavily investing in DRC. so pliz let our children demand for jobs from those who destroyed our industries and economy in general to our youth never tire just strategies and soldier on we are behind you

Diibulaanyika - 30 August 2014

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