HIGH Court Justice Joseph Musakwa has on August 16 dismissed an urgent chamber application by the MDC to overturn the police’s position of banning the pre-planned demonstration against government.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) which had been notified seven days prior to the demonstrations made the announcement that the demonstration had been banned the night before the march.
Prior to the ZRP announcement of the demonstration ban, President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 15 gave the greenlight for the demonstration to go on with indications that the security forces would not interfere.
High Court justice Musakwa in his ruling referred the MDC lawyers application against the police prohibition order to the Magistrates court for consideration.
Citizens have, however, not taken heed of the ruling by the application as groups of protesters are seen in the CBD chanting slogans against the Mnangagwa-led government in what can be construed as a rebellion against the court’s ruling.
MDC leadership has however abandoned the demonstration leaving the people unguided and marching in the capital and this has seen running battles erupting between the police force and demonstrators.
The demonstration which had been called by the main opposition in the country was meant to pave way for petitions against the government in light of the current economic meltdown.