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Police have banned a planned Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) prayer rally which the pro-democracy group had intended to use as a protest against heightening political violence and the state’s clampdown on activists in the country.

The event was planned for the Harare CBD this Friday.

Activists also planned to petition the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and parliament to act decisively over the transgressions.

The 87-member group of civil society organisations had also intended to register its displeasure over the “criminalisation of civil society work and persecution of human rights defenders” as well as the “disregard for the constitution by key institutions”.

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However, in a response to the group on Wednesday, Police Officer Commanding Police Harare Central District Chief Superintendent Moyo issued a ban on the meeting while citing provisions of the tough Maintenance of Peace and Order Act.

“This office acknowledges receipt of your notification letter dated 3 August 2022 which was received on the 5th of August 2022 in which you intend to hold a demonstration on the 12th of August 2022 from 0900 hours to 1300 hours.

“This office brings to your attention that your intended demonstration violates Section 10 (1) (a) of Maintenance of Peace and Order Act chapter 11:23, therefore the demonstration is not sanctioned,” Moyo said.

The cited statute reads:

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10 Gatherings in vicinity of Parliament, courts and protected places

(1) Subject to subsection (2), all gatherings within a radius of—

(a) twenty metres of the vicinity of the Parliament;

(b) one hundred metres of the vicinity of the Supreme Court, the High Court,

a Magistrates Court or any other court;

(c) one hundred metres of any protected place or area declared as such in terms of the Protected Areas and Places Act [Chapter 11:12]; are prohibited.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any gathering for which seven days prior notice has been given to the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice, the

Judge President or the responsible authority of a place referred to in subsection (1)(c), as the case may be, and for which leave has been granted in writing to the convener thereof:

Provided that the convener shall give prior notice of such gathering in writing, together with the appropriate notice attached thereto, to the regulating authority.

It is the second time in a month that police have blocked a demonstration by the firebrand group.

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