Police Ban May Day Celebrations

The ban affects marches which were scheduled for Mutare and Kwekwe on May 1. In other cities such as Harare and Bulawayo police have not yet responded to ZCTU requests for permission to hold the marches.Police have written to the ZCTU informing them their application to seek clearance for a planned march in Mutare had been turned down.

ZCTU official, Japhet Moyo confirmed to Radio Vop that Mutare and Kwekwe celebrations have been cancelled.He said they were still waiting for police response for the labour organisation to hold celebrations in other cities.Officer commanding police in Mutare, Chief Superintendent Joseph Chani, wrote to the ZCTU: “Please be advised that permission to hold a May Day procession has not been granted.”

This year’s theme is Respect our Rights; Save our Economy Protect our Jobs.Civic society groups and political parties opposed to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) have in the past accused the police of stifling the freedoms of Zimbabweans by banning gathering and marches.