Zim police ban May day commemorations

ZIMBABWEAN police on Thursday 01 May 2014 banned the Concerned Affiliates of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions from holding commemorations to mark International Workers Day.

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In a letter addressed to Raymond Majongwe, the secretary-general of the Concerned Affiliates of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Chief Superintendent Saunyama, the Officer Commanding Harare Central District claimed that Harare Gardens, the venue of the commemorations had already been booked for the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) festivities.

Saunyama advised Majongwe to find an alternative venue to stage the commemorations and when the Concerned Affiliates of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions had secured another venue, the police once again threw interfered resulting in the labour union calling off the International Workers Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, police on Wednesday 30 April 2014 ended the incarceration of nine Masvingo residents,, who had been arrested for allegedly attempting to incite public violence.

The police intercepted and arrested the Masvingo residents, who are affiliated to the Masvingo Residents and Ratepayers Trust on Tuesday 29 April 2014, as they led other residents in challenging the levies imposed by the Masvingo City Council of $2 per day instead of an affordable trading levy of $1 per day for informal market traders operating close to the Railway Station.

The nine residents, who were represented by Phillip Shumba of Mutendi and Shumba Legal Practitioners, a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, were charged with contravening Section 37 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or bigotry.

The police who released the nine residents after Shumba’s intervention indicated that they would issue summons if they resolve to pursue the matter in court.

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