The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will on Tuesday (today) appeal against a prohibition order issued by the police against a demonstration set for Gweru.
This was revealed by party co-vice president, Tendai Biti on Tuesday morning through a post on microblogging site Twitter. Wrote Biti:
At 2100 hours last night Police in Gweru issued yet another Prohibition Order. We will go through another appeal process.
Legalism and the rule of law is not stupidity or weakness. This regime must be exposed for what it is. An illegitimate paranoid, soulless vampire regime.
Chief Superintendent Officer Commanding Gweru Urban Police T. Chikono notified the MDC that the march will not be allowed to proceed. No reasons were given. He wrote:
The above matter is pertinent. The office acknowledges receipt of your office to hold public demonstrations dated 08 August 2019. This office is not in support of your notice because of the reasons that are attached to the prohibition notice.
The ban on the Gweru demonstration comes as no surprise as the Harare and Bulawayo demonstrations, which had been set for 16 and 19 August respectively, suffered a similar fate.