The High Court has dismissed an urgent chamber application by MDC seeking nullification of a prohibition of the party’s planned demonstration today.
The judgement by Justice Joseph Musakwa means that the demonstration remain prohibited.
The MDC’s urgent chamber application followed prohibition notice issued by police last night.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi last night said anyone taking part in such action will face the full wrath of the law and urged peace-loving Zimbabweans to go about their business as usual.
“Please be advised that, after due consideration and meetings held with the convener and his legal advisors, the regulatory authority has issued a prohibition notice against the holding of the demonstrations on 16 August 2019 in Harare Central Business District, in terms of Section 26 (9) of the Public Order and Security Act, Chapter 11:17”
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police assures the nation that officers are on high alert following the intended demonstrations that have been called for by the MDC-Alliance and its partners. The police will be conducting patrols, surveillance, stop and searches to ensure law and order is maintained in all areas of the country. In this regard, security for all citizens is guaranteed to conduct their social and economic activities,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.
Police also raised concern yesterday that the demonstrations were likely to turn violent following the discovery of sacks of stones and catapults, among other weapons, in Harare’s central business district
Meanwhile, it is business as usual in most parts of Harare, with peace-loving Zimbabweans reporting for work as usual while transport was available at usually busy termini such as Mbare, Ruwa, Showgrounds and 4th street.