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Bulawayo Agenda wins case


A Bulawayo magistrate has barred police from interfering with public meetings organised by Bulawayo Agenda in Tsholotsho and Lupane.

Police in Matabeleland North reportedly declined to clear a public meeting organised by the civic body, but gave no reasons.

The first meeting was scheduled for January 22 at the District Development Fund Training Centre in Tsholotsho while the second was supposed to be held at Matshabalala Hall in Lupane.

The meetings were centred on the ongoing constitution-making process.

Following the ban, Bulawayo Agenda through its lawyer Lizwe Jamela, applied to the court seeking an order compelling police not to stop the organisation from holding its meetings.

Granting the interim order yesterday, Bulawayo magistrate Tency Dube-Chipuma said: It is declared that the actions of the responsible authority do not depict any cogent grounds and therefore unlawfully prohibited the public meeting to applicant intended to convene.

The order is granted pending the return date of the rule, respondents be and are hereby ordered that the written orders prohibiting the two meetings be set aside as they do not state cogent grounds for its prohibition, Dube-Chipuma said.

The magistrate further ordered the police, its agents or anyone acting under police instruction, to stop disturbing or interfering with the civic bodys workshop to be held at Matshabalala Hall on Saturday.

The organisation was advised to go ahead with the remaining meeting and reschedule the one which had been slotted to take place on January 22.

The interim order was granted pending the final order, which is set for February 9.

Matabeleland North police were cited as first respondents, Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri as the second and the Home Affairs co-ministers Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makoni as the third respondents in the matter.

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