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Threatened with court, ZRP clear NERA rally

19/05/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
NERA lawyer and MDC-T Secretary General, Douglas Mwonzora
 
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THE National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) rally planned for Chinhoyi will finally take place this Sunday at Chinhoyi Motorcross, a second choice venue.

This comes after NERA’s lawyer, Douglas Mwonzora, confronted the ZRP threatening them with court action following their refusal to permit the rally last week.

Last Saturday, police blocked NERA from holding its rally at the Gadzema grounds. However, the police, on Thursday, permitted the rally after NERA legal team confronted ZRP over the issue.

In a letter addressed to the NERA Mashonaland West Province Convener, Officer Commanding Makonde District, Chief Superintendent SG Ndou, said, 
“Reference is made to your letter dated 12/05/2017 in relation to your notification to hold NERA provincial rally at Chinhoyi Motorcross, Chinhoyi on 21/05/2017 from 0900 hours 1700 hours.

“Holding of Public meetings must be in accordance with the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17.”

The clearance was previously denied on the basis that NERA was late in their application. Both the Chinhoyi council and the police also claimed that the venue had been booked by Zanu PF.

It was only after NERA shifted the event to a private property that police cleared the event.

Mwonzora wrote a letter to the police arguing the council had no mandate to issue a police clearance.

On the Bindura rally, a police clearance was issued early last week but, attendance was limited to not more than 300 people.



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