The government has, with effect from this Friday, the 2nd of September, 2016, banned all public demonstrations in and around the Harare central business district. The ban will be in place until the 16th of this month.
The ban is in line with Statutory Instrument 101 A of 2016 issued in an Extra-Ordinary Government Gazette this Thursday.
The statutory instrument stipulates that the regulating authority, Harare Central Police District, Chief Superintendent Newbert Saunyama has banned public demonstrations on reasonable grounds that the powers conferred by Section 26 of the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17 will not be sufficient to prevent public disorder.
ZRP national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba says any person who organises, assists in organising, takes part in or attends any procession of public demonstration starting tomorrow (Friday) shall be guilty of an offence.
Police have also banned the carrying of dangerous weapons as the law enforcement agents move in to curb the destruction of property and violent protests allegedly being perpetrated by MDC-T.
The ZRP regulating authority of Harare issued a prohibition order on the carrying in public places of dangerous weapons for a period of three months up to the 2nd of December 2016.
The police noted that the prohibition order has been issued in terms of Section 14 (1) of Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17.