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Police block Zanu PF ‘peace’ march

By Staff Reporter

POLICE in Harare have blocked a planned march by the Zanu PF youth wing this Tuesday ostensibly to show solidarity with their Presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa’s peace vows ahead of elections next month.

The Zanu PF march had been called for the same time the MDC Alliance had also called for its own march Tuesday to press for electoral reforms.

The decision to convene a march same time with MDC was thought to be a strategy by the ruling party to frustrate their rivals’ protest.

However, in fresh developments, Zanu PF Harare province youth league chairman, Godwin Gomwe (pictured) released a statement telling party followers police had refused to sanction their march for Tuesday but had given the go-ahead for the march to proceed on Wednesday.

Below is the full statement by Gomwe.

ZANU (PF) Harare Province Youth Statement on the Planned Peaceful March.

  1. I am communicating with you all with regards to the solidarity march for peace that we had scheduled for tomorrow the 5th of June 2018. As a peaceful and law abiding Youth League we had taken precaution and sought police clearance for our solidarity march.
  2. However, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has turned down our request for a police clearance citing that a certain political party had been granted permission prior to our application. As a leadership we automatically accepted and embraced this decision by the Police.
  3. All bonafide members of ZANU PF are hereby instructed not to engage in any actions that may resemble a solidarity march tomorrow as such actions are not only illegal but are unsanctioned by your leadership.
  4. Our planned solidarity march will be held on WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE same time same VENUE.
  5. I take this opportunity to encourage all Zimbabweans to engage in peaceful and law abiding politics as we play our part in this new dispensation of mature politics. We urge as well, the ZRP to arrest without fear or favour all persons who breach the peace in our country.
  6. To all ZANU PF cadres, let us keep campaigning peacefully and be vigilant in the face of a provocative opposition whose embrace of impending electoral defeat is unfounded attempts to discredit our elections without just cause.
Gary Murambiwa
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