Zimbabwe Government Declares State Of Emergency
Government has declared a state of emergency over Harare city, unilaterally banning all public demonstrations from the 2nd to the 16th of September.
Government officials have hinted over the past days that the continued protests against his authority would lead to the declaration of a state of emergency.
Robert Mugabe’s close aide for many years George Charamba, writing as Nathaniel Manheru, is the author of a weekly column in the government controlled Herald newspaper in which the implied threat of a state of emergency was made last Saturday.
He said recent events have brought Zimbabwe to a critical point and implied government would take a tough stance against perceived enemies while damning the international community.
Below is the full statement issued by government:
Govt bans public demos within Harare CBD:
The government has, with effect from this Friday, the 2nd of September, 2016, banned all public demonstrations in and around the Harare central business district.
The ban will be in place until the 16th of this month.
The ban is in line with Statutory Instrument 101 A of 2016 issued in an Extra-Ordinary Government Gazette this Thursday.
The statutory instrument stipulates that the regulating authority, Harare
Central Police District, Chief Superintendent Newbert Saunyama has banned public demonstrations on reasonable grounds that the powers conferred by Section 26 of the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17 will not be sufficient to prevent public disorder.
ZRP national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba says any person who organises, assists in organising, takes part in or attends any procession of public demonstration starting tomorrow (Friday) shall be guilty of an offence.
Police have also banned the carrying of dangerous weapons as the law enforcement agents move in to curb the destruction of property and violent protests being perpetrated by MDC-T hooligans.
The ZRP regulating authority of Harare issued a prohibition order on the carrying in public places of dangerous weapons for a period of three months up to the 2nd of December 2016.
The police noted that the prohibition order has been issued in terms of Section 14 (1) of Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17.