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Bulawayo Demo: High Court deals Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance MASSIVE blow

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THE High Court has blocked today’s planned demonstration by MDC-Alliance in Bulawayo following an urgent chamber application by residents, business community and churches.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Thompson Mabhikwa ruled that MDC-Alliance could not go ahead with the demonstrations after the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers’ Association, the Bulawayo United Residents’ Association (BURA), the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) and the Grain Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) yesterday approached the High Court on an urgent basis seeking an order prohibiting the opposition party from carrying out the demonstrations in the city.

In papers before the court, the applicants through their lawyers Joel Pincus, Konson and Wolhuter Legal Practitioners, cited MDC-Alliance, the Officer Commanding Police in Bulawayo Central District Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Phiri and her boss Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, as respondents.

“Pending the return date, the first respondent (MDC-Alliance) is temporarily prohibited from carrying out and convening a public demonstration and procession in terms of the first respondent’s notice dated 8 August 2019, such notice having been issued in terms of Section 24 of the Public Order and Security Act,” ruled Justice Mabhikwa.

In his founding affidavit, Mr Rodgers Hove, who is the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers’ Association’s committee member, said the intended demonstration was likely to turn violent hence they were likely to suffer irreparable harm through loss of property and business.

“This is an urgent chamber application petitioning for the temporary prohibition of the MDC-Alliance’s intended demonstration scheduled for 19 August 2019. The applicants’ petition for temporary relief as they contend that no adequate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the first respondent’s demonstration will not occasion irreparable harm, grievous inconvenience, public endangerment, serious injury, loss of property and business,” he said.

Mr Hove argued that although they fully respected that MDC-Alliance had a right to protest and demonstrate, they had a compelling and reasonable fear that they would suffer and experience losses similar to the January 14-16 violent protests.

“The MDC-Alliance seeks to occupy Bulawayo central business district for the whole day and yet they do not even address the issue of public and property safety, an issue of direct interest to the applicants. Nothing expressive is said about the potential destruction of property and likelihood of monetary loss by businesses,” he said.

Mr Hove said some of their members were yet to receive compensation after their businesses were looted during the January protests.

The others applicants, in their supporting affidavits, concurred with the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers’ Association, saying they suffered when their products were looted and destroyed in January. They said there was a reasonable fear that there would be a repeat was of the January protests if no stringent measures were employed to ensure MDC-Alliance’s protests were peaceful.

GMAZ deputy national chairperson Mr Masimba Dzomba said their members lost stock worth US$1 million with some of the consignment having been supplied on credit.

Last week, MDC-Alliance’s bid to quash a police order prohibiting their planned demonstrations in Harare hit a brick wall after Harare High Court judge Justice Joseph Musakwa dismissed the application saying the political party had jumped the gun.

MDC-Alliance had notified the police of their planned demonstration on August 5 this year but the police on Thursday issued an order prohibiting the event for security reasons.

— Herald



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Cars and vehicle spare parts for sale in Harare Zimbabwe

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HarareCarCentre.com is the best place for motor vehicle lovers to find new and used cars.

The website also has information about getting spare parts, for both european and japanese vehicles.

Harare Car Centre has a list of dealers and car traders in and around harare and Zimbabwe who are there to sell cars and tyres to the Zimbabwe market.

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LATEST: Gunmen pounce on Bustop TV actor Sharon Magi Chideu’s home

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Bus Stop TV has reported that comedian Sharon Chideu (Magi) escaped abduction by a whisker in the wee hours of Thursday morning after gunmen arrived at her residence.

Magi had been moved to a safe place when the gunmen arrived.

It seems the season of abductions and torture of opposition members and innocent civilians is upon us again. This follows the abduction of Bustop comedienne Gonyeti who was dumped in Crowborough after being heavily tortured.



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JUST IN: Man found hanging from tree

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AN unidentified Bulawayo man, suspected to be a vagrant, was on Thursday found hanging on a tree at Centenary Park next to a stream that flows between Eveline High School and the Bulawayo Theatre.

Police took down his body and transported it to the United Bulawayo Hospitals mortuary in a metal coffin at around 9AM.

More details to follow…



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MDC DEMO: Current situation in Mutare…As police maintain heavy presence in strategic points

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ITS calm in Mutare with residents and entrepreneurs conducting their businesses unhindered.

Shops and banks are open. Public transport operators are ferrying commuters to and from the city centre.

No incidences of violence or demonstrations have been recorded so far as the police have maintained heavy presence along strategic points.

Interviewed residents said they were fed up in partaking in protests that yield nothing.

Some said they run informal businesses and boycotting going to their workplaces would worsen their economic well being.

Officer Commanding Mutare District Police Chief Superintendent Florence Marume said the situation was calm.

“We haven’t received any reports on the illegal protests. We have deployed our officers across the district to maintain law and order,” she said.

In the morning the High Court dismissed an urgent application that had been lodged by the MDC Alliance to nullify the prohibition of its planned demonstration.

The ruling meant that the demonstrations were illegal.

However, some defiant opposition supporters who gathered in Harare to demonstrate were dispersed by the police despite their own leaders calling off the protests in compliance with the court ruling.

— ManicaPost



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They forced her to remove all her clothes: New details emerge on Samantha Gonyeti Kureya’s abduction

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TOP comedienne Samantha “Gonyeti” Kureya of Bustop TV was last night reportedly abducted from her home in Mufakose by armed masked men who broke the door to the house and beat up her family.

She is said to have been tortured before she was dropped off at Crowbrough North.

Bustop TV posted on their twitter account at 10:12pm: “Gonyeti has been taken by masked and armed men from her house. They beat up her family and broke doors.”

Gonyeti and her sidekick, Sharon “Maggie” Chideu have been a thorn in the flesh of the authorities because of their hilarious satirical pieces that have touched on sensitive political subjects.

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#struckbutnotdestroyed @bustoptv
They forced her to remove all her clothes & beat her up w weapons. She later walked around the Crowborough neighborhood seeking for clothes after she was abandoned. She only got assistance on the 6th house whose residents had to throw a dress through the window.Everyone was scared.

Her sister was beaten and they had guns pointed at her family including her sister’s kids.

Samantha/Gonyeti says they forced her to drink sewer water and threatened to kill her mother if she reports about her abduction.



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