Police pile more misery on MDC, ban Gweru demo

Police pile more misery on MDC, ban Gweru demo 1

By Midlands Correspondent POLICE on Monday banned the MDC’s Gweru demonstration, pilling more misery on a party that had seen similar protests in Harare and Bulawayo banned in quick succession. The MDC demonstration which the opposition party had set for this Tuesday, is among a series of planned anti-government protests the party had planned against massive poverty and desperation under the Zanu PF led administration. The first ban was issued against the Harare demonstration, igniting wild clashes between police and MDC supporters in the Harare CBD. The Bulawayo situation was…

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Byo demo bid: Residents wake up to heavy police, military deployment

Byo demo bid: Residents wake up to heavy police, military deployment 3

Staff Reporter/Agencies ANTI-RIOT police and army officers besieged Bulawayo’s CBD on Monday but there was nothing of the chaotic scenes witnessed in Harare Friday last week. After a ban on its Harare demonstration Friday, the MDC had turned to Bulawayo for another leg of its anti-government demonstration, part of a planned series to register growing discontent over poor national governance by Zanu PF with many now condemned into abject poverty. The protests, which were also planned for Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo were also spurred by a bid to President Mnangagwa…

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Another blow for MDC as court upholds Bulawayo protest ban

Another blow for MDC as court upholds Bulawayo protest ban 5

By Bulawayo Correspondent A BULAWAYO magistrate Monday upheld a police ban imposed Sunday against an MDC demonstration which had been planned for the country’s second largest city on Monday. Police Officer Commanding Bulawayo District, Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Phiri on Sunday issued a prohibition order barring the main opposition from holding an anti-government protest in the city. Police cited, among other reasons, violence which erupted during the January demonstrations organised by the ZCTU. Following the ban, the MDC appealed the police’s decision with the matter heard at the magistrate’s court on…

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Khumalo, six MDC activists freed on $200 bail each

Khumalo, six MDC activists freed on $200 bail each 7

By Bulawayo Correspondent MDC national chair, Thabitha Khumalo (58) and six other party activists, who include Senator Helen Mpofu, were Monday each granted $200 bail by a Bulawayo magistrate. They were arrested on Saturday for distributing fliers which urged city residents to take part in Monday‘s banned anti-government demonstration which had been planned for the second largest city. Among their bail conditions, magistrate Tinashe Tashaya also ordered the seven to report at Bulawayo Central police station’s Law and Order division every Friday. Tashaya also ordered the accused not to interfere…

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MDC vows anti-ED demo in President’s backyard

MDC vows anti-ED demo in President’s backyard 9

By Midlands Correspondent A POLICE ban on an anti-government demonstration in Harare has not broken the spirits of party loyalists in Midlands who have vowed to stage their own protest in Gweru, the capital of Midlands, widely considered President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s backyard. The main opposition had organised protests against the country’s fast deteriorating economic situation for major cities – Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo. The Harare demonstration was banned by police who went on to violently crush a protest that was staged by defiant crop of party supporters. However,…

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ED bash for assuming SADC Troika chairmanship

ED bash for assuming SADC Troika chairmanship 11

By Staff Reporter ZANU PF youths have called for a bash at the party’s main headquarters in Harare to celebrate President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s assumption of the SADC Troika chairmanship. A message circulated on social media by party youth league secretary general Godfrey Tsenengamu called on Zanu PF youths to congregate for celebrations. “You are hereby cordially invited to attend the Celebration of the Election of His Excellency The President Cde E.D Mnangagwa as the Chairman for the SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security at the just ended SADC Summit.…

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MDC demo ban forces halt in protest court challenge

MDC demo ban forces halt in protest court challenge 13

By Bulawayo Correspondent LAWYERS representing some business groups, churches, and MDC, in a matter in which the main opposition was being challenged to stop its Bulawayo protest, were Sunday forced to abandon their court arguments following a ban issued by police against the Monday protest. This is after the groups had approached court with an urgent chamber application seeking to stop the protest. The organisations had argued the MDC protest could turn violent as was witnessed in Harare Friday. The matter was heard before Bulawayo High Court judge Thompson Mabhikwa…

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Petrol, diesel prices up again

Petrol, diesel prices up again 15

18th August 2019 News Headlines By Staff Reporter THE price of fuel has risen for the umpteenth time this year with a litre of diesel now $9.36 while the same quantity of petrol will now be $9.12. This is according to a circular sent by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) on Sunday. The new prices are with effect from Monday 19 August, 2019. Until this Monday, a litre of diesel cost $9.06 per litre while petrol cost $9.01 per litre. In the wake of continued price increases in Zimbabwe,…

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Another night in police custody for MDC chair Khumalo and 7 others

Another night in police custody for MDC chair Khumalo and 7 others 16

By Bulawayo Correspondent MDC national chair, Thabitha Khumalo and seven other party loyalists, arrested Saturday for allegedly lying that President Emmerson Mnangagwa rigged elections, will spend another night in police custody ahead of a court appearance this Monday. The MDC Bulawayo MP and others, who include Senator Helen Mpofu, were arrested in Tshabalala high density suburb while conducting a door-to-door mobilisation campaign for a party demonstration which was planned for Monday in the city. They are Khumalo, Mpofu Luba Masotsha, Elliot Mujeri, Tinashe Matimbura, Meliginiso Sithole and Shelton Tembo. The…

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Mphoko wants ZACC to arrest Mnangagwa, Mugabe

Mphoko wants ZACC to arrest Mnangagwa, Mugabe 18

By Bulawayo Correspondent EMBATTLED former State Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has challenged the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to arrest incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and former president Robert Mugabe, saying the two were also part of the presidency which allegedly abused power, the same allegations Mphoko is facing. ZACC investigating officers on Friday visited Mphoko at his residence in Bulawayo to question him over his alleged release of former Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) acting chief executive officer, Moses Juma from police custody following the latter’s arrest for criminal abuse of…

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