The meeting was going to be held in the Hingwe area of Bulilima district in Matabeleland South but police refused the Trust permission to hold the meeting.
The chairperson of the Trust, Retired Colonel Ray Ncube told Radio VOP on Monday:“I have just received a call from one, Inspector Moyo of Plumtree district police station who told me that our civic meeting on political violence cannot go ahead as planned. Moyo told me that the police have got an order to stop all gatherings.” said Ncube.
Ncube, who described the police’s ban of the civic education meeting as systematic violence said his organisation is going to make an urgent high court application if the police insist that the meeting should not take place.”
The ZIPRA Veterans will not allow this systematic violence by the police let go. We have involved the police in our previous civic education and national healing meetings and they are all aware that there is nothing political about our meetings.”
He said apart from that they had already put all the logistics in place such as food for participants.
The ZIPRA War Veterans Trust was formed in 2008 by former Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) cadres who break away from the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZLWVA) due to sharp ideological and political differences.
Since its formation the Trust has embarked on national healing campaigns and civic education meeting in rural areas.
Under the national healing programme, scores of Zanu (PF) perpetrators of political violence in Matabeleland South and North provinces and Midlands province have been forced to apologise to communities for their violent actions during the run up to previous elections.
Last week Ncube was arrested by police in Masvingo while conducting a civic education meeting on political violence at a local hotel in Masvingo. The court dismissed the case.