According to NewZimbabwe, The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally scheduled for Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo on Sunday is in jeopardy after officers there refused to approve it on the grounds that Zanu PF had secured the same location.
The party’s provincial leadership in Masvingo claims it is not being treated fairly by the police, who have refused to approve their suggested locations, asking them to choose a different date to host their gathering than Zanu PF’s.
This was disclosed by Martin Mureri, the party’s district chairperson, who stated that two of their planned locations had been declined by the police.
Mureri stated that the party’s leadership was “taken aback” by the situation and that the event will go on as scheduled.
“I’ll meet with some of my colleagues and see if we can find another alternate location as soon as possible since this rally needs to take place on Sunday,” Mureri told NewZimbabwe.com exclusively.
Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa, the Masvingo police spokesperson, stated he was unaware of the occurrences.
“Let me find out,” Dhewa responded. “I might not be able to find the right person to tell me right now, but the best you can do is check with me tomorrow.”
CCC had hoped to conduct its rally in Mucheke Stadium B Arena, but their bid was turned down.
They allegedly went on to suggest Mamutse Stadium but were informed that it had been reserved by the ruling Zanu PF party for a rally on the same day and time.
Another attempt to utilize Pangolin Ground, approximately 2 kilometers from Mamutse Stadium, was thwarted by the police, who stated it was too near to Zanu PF’s planned Sunday rally and may lead to violent conflicts.
The claims that the police were purposefully obstructing CCC gatherings around the country while permitting Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance to undertake rallies and door-to-door campaigns were dismissed recently by the national police spokesperson.
He accused CCC with violating the law’s requirements for a political party to hold a rally.