POSA used to block meetings

HARARE - Police in the country are once again using the nefarious Public Order and Security Act (POSA) to stop civil organisations from carrying out public education campaigns before the outreach teams begin.

While COPAC invited civil organisations in the country to monitor the constitution making process, police have not lifted POSA, a draconian piece of legislation that requires that people get clearance from police before holding meetings.

NGOs participating in the process have said that police are demanding to know the political affiliation of the organisations before they give them clearance. One organisation that has been frustrated by the police from holding meetings is the Youth Agenda Trust (YAT).

“We have been trying to mobilise youths to participate in the constitution making process but we are facing several hurdles, with the police. In Mbare we were forbidden to have a meeting with the police citing the death of Sabina Mugabe as the reason. In Mabvuku we were faced with a similar problem and the police even asked our political affiliation,” said Lawrence Mushonga, the Programmes Officer of YAT said.

The latest statistics from COPAC indicate that only 18.33 of the total participants since the commencement of the outreach meetings are young people. Eric Matinenga the Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs said that POSA still stands and NGOs have to seek permission from the police before holding meetings.

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