High Court Reverses Police Ban On Protests

By Dylan Murambgi

Harare, September 07, 2016 – THE High Court has reversed a two week ban on protests issued by the police last Thursday citing the deteriorating security situation.

Police last week issued the controversial Statutory Instrument 101A of 2016 which imposed a ban on all protests in Harare Central policing area.

The ban triggered a court challenge filed by PDP leader and lawyer Tendai Biti on behalf of the opposition parties coalescing under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA).

NERA has put government under pressure demanding the roll out of electoral reforms.

In her ruling, High Court judge Priscilla Chigumba said the freezing of the police ban was for seven days.

After the ruling, social media was buzzing with euphoric messages from political parties and civil society activists.

Harare has been centre for a number of anti-government protests in the past few months.

Although the protest ban was issued for Harare central, police in other parts of the country have also taken after the decree to impose similar embargos in their areas.