Yesterday the High Court sanctioned the holding of a Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association meeting to discuss welfare issues of the ex-combatants following police attempts to block it.
However, High Court judge Justice Alpheus Chitakunye ruled in favour of the war veterans and granted the order in terms of the draft which was seeking to bar the police from disrupting the meeting that was initially scheduled for yesterday but was later postponed indefinitely due to the court case. In his ruling Justice Chitakunye said:
That the meeting that the applicant (ZNLWVA) intends to hold on the 17th of March 2017 from 10am to 3pm at City Sports Centre, as notified in its notice dated 9th March 2017, be and is hereby authorised … That the applicant ensures that the meeting will be no procession, marching or toy-toying. The first respondent [Superintendent T Makunike] and the police force be and are hereby ordered to refrain from disrupting the meeting referred to in paragraph (i) above. There shall be no order as to costs.
In the application, the war veterans had cited Makunike, in his capacity as the Officer Commanding Police Harare Central District, Commissioner-General of Police Augustine Chihuri and Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo as respondents.