High Court Defers Hearing For Chamisa Challenge Of Kwekwe Rally Ban

The Bulawayo High Court has deferred the hearing of the application by the MDC Alliance challenging the ban of their planned Kwekwe rally. The matter was originally scheduled for Monday but has now been moved to Thursday. This comes after the police banned Chamisa’s thank you really citing an outbreak of typhoid in Midlands. Part of the MDC’s application reads,

No evidence was provided on oath as envisaged by the (Public Order and Security) Act (Posa) in question. The conduct of the police as the responsible authority is unlawful and in contravening of section 26 of Posa chapter 11:17 that the respondents purport to be enforcing and there are no cogent grounds for prohibiting the public meeting and is a clear violation of applicant’s freedom of assembly, association as well as expressed which freedoms are constitutionally protected…The action of the first respondent attempts to infringe on Section 58 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which enshrines the right to freedom of assembly and association as well as the freedom of expression enshrined in Section 61.

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