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Zimbabwe High Court Grants MDC-T Order to Stage Street Protest

FILE: Some of the MDC-T protestors in Harare on Thursday. (Photo: VOA)

The High Court in Bulawayo on Thursday granted an application filed by the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai to declare as null and void a police order barring the party from staging a demonstration slated for end of the month.

The party on Tuesday made an urgent application to the High Court seeking an order to declare as illegal the police’s refusal to sanction a demonstration, which the party intends to hold in Zimbabwe’s second biggest city at the end of this month.

Attorney Kholwani Ngwenya, representing the MDC-T, said the High Court had agreed with his client that under the country’s statutes the police have no right to bar anyone from staging a demonstration.

Police were not available for comment. MDC-T provincial vice spokesperson Felix Mafa commended the High Court for the decision and castigated the police for what he said was their failure to understand the country’s laws.

Mafa said he expects MDC-T supporters to come out in their thousands to express their displeasure over the current harsh economic situation in the country, adding that the party will ensure that the demonstration would be peaceful.

Last month, the MDC-T held a peaceful demonstration in Harare which drew thousands of its supporters and top party officials, including Tsvangirai.

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Meanwhile, the MDC-T leader, who travelled to South Africa early this week after he fell ill, underwent a successful medical procedure yesterday in that country.

In a statement, the party, which did not disclose Tsvangirai’s ailment, said it is happy that he is recovering well. The MDC-T urged Zimbabweans to give him the necessary space and privacy as he recovers from the procedure.

The MDC-T has in the past criticized President Mugabe for seeking medical care in the Far East saying he should get help from local doctors and physicians.