The Zimbabwean police force have banned the opposition political party People’s Democratic Party anniversary in Bulawayo which was due on 11 September citing the newly promulgated Statutory Instrument 101 A which resulting in the banning if demonstration.
The PDP is led by the former Finance Minister Tendai Biti.
The government of Zimbabwe is recently on a clampdown on all the protesters with the President having declared that the judiciary should stop allowing the protests from going on.
Zimbabweans are protesting over the failure of the government to deliver on its electoral promises, but the government has used this as a scapegoat in silencing its critics.
However, government has used the same law to ban a gathering for the opposition PDP in the second capital city the party has said.
“Police in Bulawayo have illegal barred the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from holding its first anniversary celebrations at the White City Arena in Bulawayo on Sunday, 11 September.
The police were citing the unconstitutional Statutory Instrument 101A, a statute only applicable to Harare central business district,” said the party in a statement.
This message the party said was communicated to its Bulawayo leadership but they said they will be approaching the courts to challenge the decision
“The police told the PDP Bulawayo provincial leadership that the anniversary celebrations could not take place after having previously accorded clearance for the event. However, the PDP is working on approaching the courts to challenge the police directive,” said the party which is led by Harare prominent lawyer Tendai Biti
The PDP’s first anniversary will be held under the theme “Another Zimbabwe Is Possible”.