Mayhem in Zvishavane

HARARE - Zvishavane was yesterday turned into a war zone when heavily armed police fought running battles with MDC supporters who had gathered for a rally in the small mining town — leaving several people injured and seven officials arrested.

The MDC rally had been cleared by the Zvishavane Magistrates’ Court.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba had not answered her mobile phone at the time of going to print.

MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa accused police of selectively applying the law.

“The police defied a court order for us to hold our rally and they went on to occupy that space.

“First they prohibited us two weeks ago when we notified them saying they did not have enough manpower for a high profile person.

“We then notified them again and they did not reply then only to tell us this Wednesday that we could not hold the rally.

“The matter was taken to the Bulawayo High Court, which referred it to the Zvishavane Magistrates’ Court and we have the order. But they decided they were above the law,” said Chamisa.

He said about 300 officers indiscriminately fired teargas including at the hospital to cause mayhem in the small mining town.

Seven MDC officials were arrested following the clashes.

The seven are Midlands Province chairperson Masendeke, Trynos Shava, Tendai Tswana, Tobias Moyo, Brian Magwizi, Tryforce Rwapwi and Cliford Mulingwa.

The MDC and other political parties, coalescing under the banner of the National Reform Agenda (Nera) have been agitating for a raft of electoral reforms ahead of the much anticipated 2018 national polls.

President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, in power for 36 uninterrupted years, are facing the biggest challenge to their rule, which ordinary Zimbabweans say has been disastrous.

In the last three months alone, fed-up ordinary citizens have been demonstrating against the nonagenarian and his government over what they say is his lack of resolve to fix the country’s dying economy and escalating executive corruption.

Police have had to use force to neutralise the protests although it last month successfully obtained a court order barring demonstrations in central Harare.

The ban has since lapsed.

Comments (2)

we need a demo in town in harare!!

Young Zimbo - 7 November 2016

So where did they get 300 police officers to disperse this rally. This Chihuri guy is no police commissioner is a Zanu Commissar. whether they play tricks life of this ZANU party is coming to an end.

budha - 8 November 2016

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