MDC Midlands Provincial spokesperson, Dr Takavafira Zhou has said that the party had a meeting on Saturday at which it was resolved that the demonstration scheduled for Gweru would proceed as planned.
Speaking to the News Day over the matter before the prohibition order was saved to the party, Zhou said:
The provincial executive of the Midlands province of the MDC, including all district chairpersons and national members, met in Gweru on August 17, 2019 and resolved that the planned Gweru demonstration would proceed as originally planned.
The national leaders of the party will lead the demonstrations that are constitutional and an expression of the people’s anger due to the deteriorating political, economic and social conditions emanating from a crisis of legitimacy, bad governance and poverty caused by the Zanu PF leadership.
The ban was however expected considering that the State had also blocked both the Harare and the Bulawayo demonstrations.
The bans have been described by the opposition party as a direct jab at democracy in the country as they infringe upon citizens’ Constitutional right of association and expression.
Meanwhile, the State is saying that the right to demonstrate was not absolute and can, as the Constitution states, be suspended in order for superior rights to be enjoyed.
The State says that it had gathered intel suggesting that the demonstrations would degenerate into chaos.
Some analysts have however said that the government was frightened by “peaceful” demonstrations as they could lead to the demise of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.
Meanwhile, MDC has said that it will appeal the ban.
More: News Day
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