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Zimbabwean Police Bar Civic-Sponsored Meet-the-Candidate Events

The Combined Harare Residents Association said Thursday that police have barred it from sponsoring meetings at which citizens could meet candidates for parliament and local councils in elections to be held on March 29 alongside the presidential poll.

The civic group said the officer in charge of Harare South District told them he did not have enough officers to provide security at the meetings.

The police also said they believed the meetings would encourage residents to resort to violence in the event that the political opposition loses in the elections.

Combined Harare Residents Association Chief Executive Barnabas Mangodza told Jonga Kandemiiri that the police decision has deprived residents of the chance to meet and question aspiring parliamentarians and local councilors.

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