Zim protest bans blamed on terrorism fears
From MERCY MUJURU in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN police claimed ongoing protests had exposed the country to terror attacks hence the ban on rising demonstrations against the government of President Robert Mugabe.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Officer Commanding Bulawayo West District, Chief Superintendent Mthokozisi Manzini Moyo, alleged terrorists were paying attention to the volatile situation in the country and aiming to take advantage to perpetrate attacks.
He said police had information these elements planned to destroy all police properties, blow up all government vehicles and buildings, attack all members of the prison services and release all prisoners, seize Zimbabwe Revenue Authority by force, prevent all airlines from landing and taking off.
It is alleged these terror elements plan to blow up buses belonging to the state as well as ambulances.
“We do not take these threats lightly and we have remained on high alert since September 1, a situation that has strained our resource utilization,” said Moyo.
The development comes after civil society and opposition groups intensifying protests against the deteriorating economic situation and rising corruption.
The protests have been banned in the capital Harare and the second city of Bulawayo, with plans underway to spread the ban countrywide.
Police have also banned anniversary celebrations for the People’s Democratic Party scheduled for White City Stadium in Bulawayo this
Party provincial spokesperson, Edwin Ndlovu, slammed the ban.
“It is very ridiculous for the police to act in the manner they have acted. Ours is just an anniversary celebration, which has nothing to do with the said allegations. Our celebrations are going ahead, whichever way, come Sunday,” said Ndlovu.
But PDP’s legal team is challenging such bans at the high court.
– CAJ News
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