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Court orders Zanu PF, Mukupe To Reign in their supporters over disruption of MDC Alliance rallies

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HARARE - HIGH Court Judge Justice Esther Muremba has ordered the ruling ZANU PF
party and Terrence Mukupe, the aspiring legislator for Harare East
constituency to stop disrupting the opposition MDC Alliance’s
political party campaigns.

Justice Muremba on Wednesday 25 July 2018 ordered ZANU PF party and
Mukupe to take effective measures to prevent the ruling party and
Mukupe’s campaign agents and supporters from engaging in politically
motivated violence, intimidation and causing disruptions of rallies,
meetings or any gatherings organised by the Nelson Chamisa-led  MDC
Alliance.

The interdict came after the MDC Alliance and six of its party
supporters petitioned the Electoral Court on Monday 23 July 2018
protesting that some ZANU PF party supporters had committed several
electoral malpractices against them on 18 July 2018 in Harare East
constituency.

The MDC Alliance supporters namely Emmanuel Gumbo, Clement Daudi,
Tapiwanashe Zongoro, Coster Kazingizi, Stewart Manyika, Prince
Mutebuka and who were represented by Tinomuda Shoko of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, argued that their political rights were
violated after some ZANU PF party supporters disrupted a political
rally in Caledonia, a high density suburb located in Harare East
constituency, where the MDC Alliance ‘s candidate Tendai Biti is
contesting to be a legislator against Mukupe and other aspiring
candidates.

The MDC Alliance supporters said the ZANU PF supporters acting under
the instructions of Mukupe randomly and mercilessly pelted some
vehicles and MDC Alliance supporters with stones resulting in two MDC
Alliance supporters Clement Daudi and Prince Mutebuka sustaining
injuries from the assault by some ZANU PF supporters while Coster
Kazingizi’s vehicle was damaged.

The opposition party supporters argued that the ZANU PF party
supporters’ conduct affects the fairness of the elections scheduled
for Monday 30 July 2018 and creates an uneven playing field for
contestants.

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