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Zimbabwe Opposition Sues State Charging Disruption Of February Rally

The faction of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change headed by MDC founder Morgan Tsvangirai has lodged a Z$504 billion (US$3.4 million) lawsuit against the state for disrupting a political rally rally in February of this year.

The opposition suit charges that instead of providing security and ensuring peace and order at the Highfield rally as instructed by the Harare high court, Zimbabwe Republic Police "reprehensibly became the perpetrators of unlawful conduct.”

The suit names Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi, Police Chief Augustine Chihuri, Harare South Chief Superintendent Thomsen Jangara and four other police officers.

Lawyer Jessie Majome, representing the faction, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the opposition faction is suing the police under the State Liabilities Act for failing to protect Zimbabwean citizens as required.

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