The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), through its lawyer, Jeremiah Bamu, filed an urgent application at the High Court on behalf of CCC, seeking to overturn the ZRP ban on the rally, the organisation said on Twitter.
The ZLHR said the police invoked the provisions of the controversial Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (MOPA) and told the CCC that their notification to hold a rally is invalid.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has been accused of treating political parties unfairly. Zimbabweans on Twitter claim that the police are stern on the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) while giving ZANU PF preferential treatment.
They also bemoaned that the police are banning the CCC’s rally in Marondera, yet ZANU PF as an equal contender in the forthcoming by-elections was allowed to host its rally without incident.
On 26 February, the CCC went to the High Court, which threw out ZRP’s ban on their Gokwe rally. The police still went on and used force, teargas and dogs to disperse Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) supporters at the rally.