Tsvangirai rally ban lifted by High Court

Nkayi North is a constituency that falls under Matebeleland North province.

Nkayi police had banned the Tsvangirai rally on Friday morning saying that violence will break out and accusing Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) of bussing party youths from Bulawayo and Harare for the rally to cause violence.

However last night the MDC-T through its lawyer Nosimilo Chanaiwa of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) filed an urgent High Court application seeking police to lift the ban on the Nkayi North rally .

In his ruling Justice Cheda ordered police not to disturb or interfere with the rally at Nesigwe business centre this afternoon.

“The 1st respondent (police) and its agents are interdicted from discharging or interfering with the applicant (MDC-T) meeting to be held at Nesigwe business centre on Saturday 22 October 2011”

“The applicant (MDC-T) should go ahead with the scheduled meeting and promote its rights of freedom of association and assembly as set in Section 21 of the Zimbabwe constitution,” said Justice Cheda in his ruling.

Nkayi North is under Zanu-PF’s Sithembiso Nyoni who is also the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development.

Tsvangirai is also expected to hold another rally at Ziminya business centre in Nkayi South on Sunday .

Nkayi South left vacant after the expulsion of Abdenico Bhebhe from parliament by the smaller MDC faction in 2009. Bhebhe is now the MDC-T national deputy organizing
secretary.

Last week Bulawayo High Court also ordered President Robert Mugabe to call for by -elections in Nkayi South and other two Matebeleland constituencies of Lupane East and Bulilima East where MPs were also expelled from parliament by MDC led by Welshman Ncube.