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Police unban PDP anniversary

By Tatenda Dewa | Harare Bureau |

Police in Bulawayo have a made an about turn and reversed an earlier ban on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) first anniversary proposed for 11 September.

Tendai Biti
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Tendai Biti

Police, through Chief Superintendent Mthokozisi Manzini Moyo, the officer commanding Bulawayo West district,  initially threw out the PDP application, claiming that they would not sanction any political rally as Zimbabwe was on the verge of civil unrest.

Moyo claimed their intelligence indicated that activists plotted to destroy government and public property, besiege airports, seize the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and cause mayhem.

However, on Tuesday, Moyo wrote to PDP again, reversing the initial ban.

“Please be advised that after putting some issues into perspective, my office has reconsidered the prohibition notice as regards your anniversary scheduled for September 11 at White City Stadium,” he wrote.

“It is hereby rescinded. However, be advised that confining your celebrations to the venue will further reduce security risks and chances of infiltration, which might lead to public disorder incidents,” said Moyo.

Government recently banned protests in central Harare after a wave of demonstrations by citizens turning increasingly impatient with President Robert Mugabe’s government, but the ban is being challenged in court. Nehanda Radio