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Tsvangirai MDC to Defy Police Over Rallies Ban in Mashonaland West

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said it will defy a Mashonaland West police directive that the party should get clearance from traditional leaders and councilors before holding rallies in the province.

The party’s organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said there is no law in Zimbabwe that requires political parties to seek clearance from local authorities, adding they were only required to inform the police about any meetings for security reasons.

Mashonaland West police last week wrote to the MDC provincial leadership informing the party that no meetings will be held without the authority of chiefs, headmen, kraal heads and councilors.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Chamisa told Studio 7 there were some people who are trying to ban his party like what used to be done by the settle regime of Ian Douglas Smith.

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