Police, CCC in stand off over banned car rally

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Marondera (New Ziana) – Police and the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) were locked in a tense stand off here on Saturday after the party wanted to press ahead with a banned election campaign car rally in the town.

The party was scheduled to hold two rallies – the main one at Rudhaka Standium and a car rally throughout the town.

Police, fearing possible violence, banned the car rally, but authorised the main campaign rally at the stadium, which party leader Nelson Chamisa was expected to attend.

The party, however, wanted to press ahead with the banned car rally, creating a tense stand off with police.

Intent on holding the car rally in spite of the police ban, the party rushed to the Marondera magistrates court on Saturday with a petition to overturn the prohibition.

Earlier on Friday, the High Court in Harare had granted authority for the rally to be held subject to the party obtaining the final greenlight from the police.

But police on Saturday said it had yet to receive the High Court ruling, and stuck to its earlier prohibition of the car rally.

There was a heavy presence of police in town, particularly at Rudhaka Stadium, as tension grew ahead of the rally.

The rally is meant to drum up support for the party’s candidates in the March 26 by-elections for vacant parliamentary and local government seats.

The opposition party is contesting three parliamentary and six local government seats in Mashonaland East province. 

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