High Court Orders Zanu-PF To Comply With Previous Order Barring School Children From Rallies


The Masvingo High Court has issued an order compelling the ruling Zanu-PF party to comply with a previous order issued by Justice Joseph Mafusire barring it from forcing school children to attend its rallies or from using school premises, and resources such as buses and furniture for its rallies. This comes after the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) filed an application for leave to execute the judgement pending appeal. Artuz accused Zanu-PF of defying the order since the day the party filed an appeal at the Supreme Court.

Part of The latest order by the High Court reads,

In the premises, the application for leave to execute is hereby granted in the following terms.

The application for leave to execute the judgement of this court granted on 28 June 2018 in case no HC 263/18 pending the appeal against the judgement noted by the first respondent (Zanu-PF)… is hereby granted:

Thus, the respondents their employees, members and/or agents are, notwithstanding the appeal, interdicted and restrained from:

a) Asking, encouraging or forcing children in schools from attending political rallies or causing the closure of schools for any of its po9litical rallies or activities,
b) Compelling teachers to attend rallies, wear party regalia, prepare performances for children to deliver at rallies or to make contributions towards rallies whether in cash or kind.
c) Using school property including school premises, buses. furniture, classrooms or any other property that belongs to the schools for any political rally or any other political purpose without the consent of the relevant school authorities.

Zanu-PF was ordered to pay the costs.

Also read,

Stop Using School Children To Boost Crowds At Zanu-PF Rallies: Teachers Tell Mnangagwa

UN Welcomes High Court Decision Barring Zanu-PF From Forcing School Children To Attend Political Rallies

Zanu-PF Accused Of Defying Court Order Barring It From Forcing School Children To Attend Rallies



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