Mthwakazi threatens ZRP over roadshows, rallies ban

MTHWAKAZI Republic Party (MRP) has threatened to take matters into its own hands after police banned its roadshows in Tsholotsho scheduled for today and tomorrow.

BY SILAS NKALA

MRP had notified the regulating authority, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), of its intention to hold roadshows in Mbalibali, Tshefunye and Mbamba in Tsholotsho on January 20 and 21.

“[Officer Commanding Lupane District Chief Superintendent Johannes] Govo has refused to clear Tsholotsho roadshow and three rallies scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21, 2018 at Tsholotsho centre, Mbalibali, Ts hefunye and Mbamba…,” MRP leader Mqondisi Moyo said

He warned that they would start using their constitutional right to hold rallies without seeking police clearance.

“I take this opportunity to warn the Matabeleland North police that they are forcing us to bypass their offices and in not so long we will start to conduct our roadshows and rallies using section 58 and 59 of the current Zimbabwe Constitution which clearly States that according to section 58: Freedom of assembly and association,” he said.

“1) Every person has the right to freedom of assembly and association, and the right not to assemble or associate with others.

2) No person may be compelled to belong to an association or to attend a meeting or gathering. Section 59: Freedom to
demonstrate and petition. Every person has a right to demonstrate and to present petitions, but these rights must be exercised peacefully.”

Govo, in a letter dated January 17, said MRP’s notice does not fulfil the regulating authority’s requirements.

“Reference is made to your notice to conduct a road show in Tsholotsho and rallies at Mbalibali, Tshefunye and Mbamba on January 20 and 21 in Zimbabwe was received on January 15. The Constitution of Zimbabwe is the supreme law of the country and guides Zimbabweans. It is noticed that you have secluded yourself from Zimbabwe as per the geographical map of your Mthwakazi,” Govo wrote.

“However, according to Public Order and Security Act (Posa) your notice does not fulfil the requirements which must be included. You should not hide your agenda as it is not shown ie venue of the show, roads to be used, number expected at the gathering.”
Govo questioned whether MRP security personnel would be armed or not.


“It is not known, whether you provide marshals or security. You are also advised to seek authority from owners of the venue, which is the local authority in their area. They also enjoy rights in their local jurisdiction. You should submit separate applications for the two days,” Govo wrote.

Moyo said Govo seems to be admitting that Mthwakazi is not in Zimbabwe, but a separate State hence the ban.

He said they acknowledge that the Constitution of Zimbabwe is the supreme law of the land and guides Zimbabweans.

“We regard that it as to mean that as Mthwakazi we no longer have need to clear our gatherings with the ZRP …,” he said.

He said MRP has so far held 35 sanctioned rallies from June 10, 2017 to date, around Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North and Bulawayo and three roadshows, two in Bulawayo and Gwanda town.

“We have discovered that Matabeleland North has always been so difficult for MRP. It was in Mlamuli in Lupane where we got arrested on the December 14, 2016 for attending a community function that was organised by villagers,” Moyo said.

He also said on December 27, 2017, police in Nkayi denied them permission to hold a roadshow at Nkayi centre under unclear circumstances.

Matabeleland North has been inaccessible to opposition parties since 2000 when Munyaradzi Kereke was the officer commanding the province. In May last year MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe and other party members were teargased when police brutally crushed an MDC-T voter registration campaign in Lupane ward 9.

12 Comments

  1. MRP, your motives are questionable. Zimbabwe is one country. Forget cessation.

    1. Zim is a democracy – aint it? Read your Constitution my man!

  2. “… when Munyaradzi Kereke was the officer commanding the province”
    Huh?

  3. This is disturbing that ZRP are still doing what they used to do under Mugabe The same has happened in Harare to MDC alliance where a rally in Glen view was CANCELLED by the rogue ZRP . Now zimbabweans we must organise demos against police partisanship so that the world can know that nothing has changed in as far as thuggery and human right abuse by zanu is CONCERNED and targeted sanctions must remain in force.

    1. GET RID OF ” MUGABE CONSTITUTION ” ( CASTRO & COMMUNIST )

  4. If you dont want to be part of Zimbabwe you are more than free to leave Zimbabwe but you are not free or be allowed to claim any piece of land in Zimbabwe to archive your triberlist shona hate, Mthwakazi fantasies , u can try it else not in Zimbabwe maybe in Kwazulu Natal. Zimbabwe will be always a country of different tribes but when ever you think of making a Ndebele country from Zimbabwe we will always remind you of this… the place you now call matabeland was called Guruvuswa (shona name meaning grazing area) before your ancestor mzilikazi came to Zimbabwe , the place you now call Matobos hills was Called Matombo (shona name meaning stones).
    Khami ruins was built by shona people of Torwa dynasty in the 16th century about 300 year before Mzilikazi came to Zimbabwe so go try your Mthwakazi state in Kwazulu …..good luck.

    1. Stop daydreaming wena. ZANU PF damaged your mind!!

  5. If you dont want to be part of Zimbabwe you are more than free to leave Zimbabwe but you are not free or be allowed to claim any piece of land in Zimbabwe to archive your triberlist shona hate, Mthwakazi fantasies , u can try it else not in Zimbabwe maybe in Kwazulu Natal. Zimbabwe will be always a country of different tribes but when ever you think of making a Ndebele country from Zimbabwe we will always remind you of this… the place you now call matabeland was called Guruvuswa (shona name meaning grazing area) before your ancestor mzilikazi came to Zimbabwe , the place you now call Matobos hills was Called Matombo (shona name meaning stones).
    Khami ruins was built by shona people of Torwa dynasty in the 16th century about 300 year before Mzilikazi came to Zimbabwe so go try your Mthwakazi state in Kwazulu …..good luck.

  6. These are the results of the former MP of Tsholotsho influence in ZANU pf. POSA is a product of Jonathan Moyo and Tafataona Mahoso riya rokushata Moyo nekumeso. Police in Zimbabwe are biased we need to retrain them or new police officers.

  7. Jonathan moyo should say sometging about posa and aippa

  8. This is their own son’s greatest contribution to Zimbabwe ..that big head Jonathan Moyo..

    Talk of Govo..Is this the same Govo who murdered and slaughtered people in Chiadzwa..Munhu wese akamboita gweja kana Gwejerina anoziva Govo…The devil’s angel…Kana ariye ..am so sorry to say this ..People of Lupane you are in deep trouble

  9. mike somusa moyo

    people of matabeleland must refused to be treated like stupid anymore you an put someone from mashonaland become a mayor in matebeleland and polie they think that belongs to mashonaland whih is rubbish we need tar from jahe to mbalibali silande mbamba chefunye bhubhude soluswe et like in mashonaland and we must not be scarred of zanu pf anymore or mdc orvany other politi thing

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