Zim police turn down MDC Alliance’s application to protest

The party, led by Nelson Chamisa, has outstanding concerns over the printing, storage and distribution of ballot papers to be used in Monday’s election.

FILE: Zimbabwe opposition leader and president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Nelson Chamisa in Harare on 3 July 2018. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Police in Zimbabwe have refused to sanction a march by the opposition, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, against the Electoral Commission on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government says security agencies are on high alert to clamp down on anyone causing disorder.

The MDC Alliance has held two mass demonstrations against the Electoral Commission in recent weeks.

But now the authorities seem to be hardening their stance.

Police have turned down an application by the MDC Alliance to hold another protest march on Wednesday.

It gave several reasons, including the fact that police officers are preparing for elections.

A statement says security laws will be used against the MDC Alliance if it goes ahead with the march.

The party, led by Nelson Chamisa, has outstanding concerns over the printing, storage and distribution of ballot papers to be used in Monday’s election.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)