Court allows MDC-T $15bln demonstration

HIGH Court Judge Happias Zhou on Wednesday granted the MDC-T permission to hold their poverty and corruption march after police had tried to stop the demonstration, NewZimbabwe.com can reveal.

Police must abide by court ruling ... Douglas Mwonzora

Police must abide by court ruling … Douglas Mwonzora

In a press conference held Wednesday evening, MDC-T Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora said the court ordered the ZRP to pay MDC-T’s application costs and to assist the party in holding the demonstration.

“We are very excited that we have trampled the Mugabe regime as the judgement passed today (Wednesday) by the courts allows us to march in Harare and all the other cities and towns around the country,” said Mwonzora.

Mwonzora said party meetings were being held in Harare’s 58 Wards in preparation for the demonstration on Thursday.

Police had refused to allow the demonstration, saying the MDC-T’s reasons for marching were not significant. The cops also claimed that the protest clashed with Independence celebration preparations which are on course.

“After this response, we made an urgent chamber application seeking recourse and justice from the courts and we are happy about the verdict passed on this (Wednesday) afternoon,” Mwonzora added.

The MDC-T official said the ZRP should abide by the ruling.

“The police have no choice because if an authority gives an order, it has to be followed so the ball is in their hands tomorrow to protect the peaceful demonstrators,” said Mwonzora.

“We are expecting thousands of people as the crowd will be made up of responsible Zimbabweans who are enduring pain and suffering because of one man who is selfish.”

The march starts at Freedom Square at 10am and ends at Africa Unity Square where MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai will address the demonstrators.

 

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