Police backtracks on PDP gathering ban

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo police have backtracked on their decision to ban the Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s first anniversary celebrations.

PDP plans told hold the event at White City Stadium on Sunday.

Officer Commanding Bulawayo west, chief superintendent Mthokozisi Manzini-Moyo, had on Monday refused to clear the opposition party’s event, arguing that police had received intelligence that the event could be “compromised as serious threats have been received from various pressure groups through the social media inciting violence.”

Some of the reasons raised by the police were that there were messages circulating on social media declaring war in Zimbabwe from September 2 and threatening to destroy all police stations and properties.

“We do not take these threats lightly and we have remained on high alert since the first of September 2016, a situation which has strained our resource utilisation. In this regard, I invoke the provisions of Section 26 (9) of the Public Order and Security Act chapter 11:17,” Manzini-Moyo said.

However, less than 24 hours later, he rescinded the decision.

“Please be advised that after putting some issues into perspective, my office has reconsidered the prohibition notice with regards your anniversary scheduled for September 9 at White City Stadium,” Manzini-Moyo said in a notice in possession of the Daily News.

“It is hereby rescinded. However, be advised that confining your celebration to the venue will further reduce security risks and chances of infiltration, which leads to public disorder incidents,” he said.

PDP provincial spokesperson, Edwin Ndlovu, said the move only served to prove police’s confusion.

“This only shows the kind of police we have, they are confused and it’s clear that they are the ones who are now running the State and they don’t follow the law,” he said.

Ndlovu said preparations were already in full swing at the event where they seek to host over 3 500 party supporters from across the country.

“...we have invited leaders of opposition parties to grace the event in the spirit of unity and coalition against President Robert Mugabe’s regime,” he said.

Comments (4)

police only rescinded ban after we passed intelligence to them that the celebrations are going to be a monumental failure

truth - 7 September 2016

we? your family? truth, lies & dishonesty kkkkkk. I had forgotten your elder brother, idiocy.

Sagitarr - 7 September 2016

police please use ur intelligence on corrupt government officials who are burying our country into the ground varikuita kuti munonoke kubhadharwa kkkk

bornfree - 9 September 2016

police please use ur intelligence on corrupt government officials who are burying our country into the ground varikuita kuti munonoke kubhadharwa kkkk

bornfree - 9 September 2016

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