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Zimbabwe Judge Rules in Favor of Planned MDC-T March

Police in Zimbabwe have been accused of blocking peaceful demonstrators. (Photo: Mavis Gama)
Police in Zimbabwe have been accused of blocking peaceful demonstrators. (Photo: Mavis Gama)

High Court Judge Justice Happius Zhou on Wednesday ruled that police should not interfere with a march planned for Thursday by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

The court action followed indications by the police that they won’t provide manpower for the MDC-T protests over poverty, corruption and missing diamond proceeds of up to $15 billion.

MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu told VOA Studio 7 his party welcomes the court ruling as it shows that the judiciary in Zimbabwe is still alive.

“We are very happy that the High Court has simply endorsed what was a very clear position at law and we are actually surprised that the police had sought to say we should not proceed with our demonstration because they do not have the legal basis,” said Gutu, adding that they are very happy and are raring to go.

Zimbabwe supreme-decision making security organ, the Joint Operations Command, asked the MDC-T to postpone the march last week saying it clashed with a crucial indaba that was held by war veterans and President Robert Mugabe.

Gutu said the party is currently not working with political parties or civic organizations but have been receiving solidarity messages from some political parties who have wished them a successful demonstration on Thursday.

“I’m not even surprised if some disgruntled and unhappy members of Zanu PF who are disgruntled by the way the economy is being mismanaged join us tomorrow (Thursday),” Gutu said.

He said the demonstration is not only for MDC-T activists or supporters, but a protest for all patriotic Zimbabweans.

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