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Police defend CCC rally ban, shift blame on party

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Police have defended their controversial ban on some CCC rallies insisting they hold the prerogative to stop any gatherings whenever there are security concerns at stake.

In a statement Monday, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi blamed the opposition party’s rally conveners and lawyers of ignoring their directives and attempting to bully their way into holding the rallies at all costs.

Nyathi insisted it was not automatic that parties could proceed and hold the rallies upon notifying the police but should share notes with the law enforcement agents on the security situation at play.

“Sadly, the police has noted with concern that some political parties are adopting a confrontational approach when notifying the regulating authorities on their intended rallies,” Nyathi said.

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He zeroed in on the debacle that followed a ban attempt on CCC’s Marondera rally weekend, claiming the Nelson Chamisa led opposition outfit defiantly convened the gathering even when the courts had ruled that the party should first exhaust “domestic remedies provided under MOPA before holding the rally”.

Added the senior police officer, “It is sad that some political parties are resorting to acts which clearly show that they are not observing law and are acting as a law unto themselves.”

Nyathi insisted police will not compromise on enforcing the law as it is.

CCC has accused police of partisan application of the country’s laws through allowing its main Zanu PF opponent to hold uninterrupted rallies while deploying heavily to impede the opposition from holding its own.

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