War Veterans Pressure Group has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court expressing displeasure over halting of a long notified demonstration on the eleventh hour by law enforcement agents.
The War Veterans Pressure Group cited Officer Commanding Police Harare Central District as respondent.
The applicant expressed disquiet over continued denial by law enforcement agents to demonstrate over national, economic and social concerns from January 1998 to date.
“The respondent has at the 11th hour on April 21 2021 stopped the demonstration, but failed to give good and sufficient reason in the explained circumstances peculiar to Applicants,” lamented the War Veterans Pressure Group in its urgent court application.
They also argued that their sole aim is to make the state recognize the plight of ordinary war veterans who are wallowing in abject poverty hence the need to demonstrate over the dereliction of duty by the latter to address that anomaly.
“The Applicant is an informal and politically unaffiliated grouping of war veterans of the Chimurenga\Umvukela struggle associating in terms of section 85 of the constitution for the sole purpose of working for and drawing attention of the State to ordinary war veterans’ welfare issues with a view to adequately attending to them and also lobbying for restoration and national implementation of the goals and values of the said national liberation struggle,” said the grouping.
In the background facts of the application, law enforcement agents averred that the country is still under National Lockdown which does not allow demonstrations and is also seized with enforcing lockdown regulations.
The Applicant is, however, chagrined by the Respondent’s response that came on the eleventh hour despite dialoguing on that over a period of time.
And the former argued that they applied for a peaceful demonstration that would run along World Health Organisation (WHO) prescribed health protocols.