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MDC DEMO: Security forces swarm Bulawayo CBD (SEE PICTURES)

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Soldiers and police deployed in large numbers in Bulawayo on Monday morning to enforce a ban on an anti-government demonstration, as the Nelson Chamisa-led opposition MDC sought to overturn that decision in court.

Authorities had also banned Friday’s gathering in Harare, intended as the launch event of a nationwide protest movement.

The MDC called it off, saying it aimed to avert bloodshed after police there rounded up its followers and dispersed them with batons and water cannon.

In a similar show of force in Bulawayo, an MDC heartland, authorities prohibited the march on Sunday and on Monday sent soldiers in trucks into the center of the city and nearby townships, bolstering police who patrolled on foot and lorries, witnesses said.

Businesses remained open and residents circulated as normal in the city, however.

David Coltart, an MDC senator from Bulawayo and lawyer, called the ban “clearly unconstitutional and unjust”, and told Reuters the party had lodged a court appeal that city magistrates would hear on Monday morning.

The MDC protest movement is rooted in Zimbabwe’s worst economic crisis in a decade, and viewed as a test of Mnangagwa’s willingness to tolerate dissent in a country tainted by a long history of repression under Robert Mugabe, its ruler for nearly 40 years.

Anger is mounting over triple-digit inflation, rolling power cuts and shortages of U.S. dollars, fuel and bread – bringing back memories of the hyperinflation of a decade ago that forced Zimbabwe to ditch its currency.

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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.

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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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