40 CCC Members Arrested in Machipisa, Harare
Forty(40) members of the Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) found themselves in hot water on Tuesday as they were apprehended by the police for organizing an unsanctioned rally and obstructing traffic at Machipisa Shopping Centre in Harare’s Highfield suburb.
Violating the Law
According to Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, National Police Spokesperson, the CCC members now face charges for contravening provisions of the Maintenance of Order and Peace Act. The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirmed the arrest and stated that the activists had breached Chapter 11:23 (MOPA).
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of 40 Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) activists in Machipisa. This afternoon for contravening provisions of the Maintenance of Order and Peace Act, Chapter 11:23 (MOPA),” said Commissioner.
A Diversion from the Plan
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi explained that the opposition party members were originally scheduled to hold a rally at Churu Farm outside the capital. However, they deviated from the plan and embarked on a car rally procession from Glenview to the Highfield suburb.
“Circumstances are that the CCC convener, Lawrence Materege notified the local Regulating Authority for Harare South on their rally set for Churu Farm on 15 August 2023 from 10 am to 4pm,” said Commissioner.
Disruption and Arrest
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Upon reaching Machipisa Shopping Centre, the CCC members began chanting slogans, causing a disruption in traffic flow. A concerned resident promptly alerted the police, leading to the arrest of the opposition party members, reported Chronicle.
Police Confiscate Equipment
During the operation, the police seized trucks and radio speakers that were reportedly used during the unsanctioned rally. Assistant Commissioner Nyathi emphasized the importance of political parties adhering to the law. Inciting particularly as the country approaches the upcoming election on August 23.