ZCTU fights demonstrate ban in the courts

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By Staff Reporter

A Harare magistrate will Thursday hear an application by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) seeking an order to reverse a police ban on its planned march against government’s new fiscal and monetary regime.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government last week announced a 2% tax as well as a split in bank accounts between a local surrogate currency and the US dollar triggering an economic meltdown that has left citizens in a lurch.

The ZCTU then announced it would embark on mass action but police invoked a health ministry ban on gatherings to prevent the spread of cholera as a reason to stop the march initially scheduled for Wednesday.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) the matter is set for hearing mid-morning Thursday.

“Harare Magistrate Lanzini Ncube will on Thursday 11 October 2018, at11:30 am preside over the hearing of an application filed by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights lawyer Noble Chinhanu on behalf of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) seeking to overturn the Zimbabwe Republic Police ban of the ZCTU protest against the country’s agonising economic crisis scheduled for Wednesday 11 October 2018,” an alert from the rights lobby group said late Wednesday.