Po­lice clear anti-pre­paid me­ter demo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde

GWANDA po­lice have given Gwanda Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (GRA) the green light to stage a demon­stra­tion against Zinwa to­day on con­di­tion that there would be no toyi-toy­ing.

Zinwa in­stalled pre­paid bulk wa­ter me­ters for the town to force Gwanda mu­nic­i­pal­ity to pay $9,5 mil­lion owed to the author­ity, a devel­op­ment that did not go down well with res­i­dents.

The wa­ter author­ity also gave the mu­nic­i­pal­ity up to Oc­to­ber 21 to pay the debt or risk pay­ing for wa­ter up­front.

Two weeks ago, GRA sec­re­tary gen­eral, Bekezela Mad­uma Fuzwayo ap­plied to the po­lice to demon­strate against the wa­ter author­ity.

Gwanda district po­lice com­man­der Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Enock Sibanda on Wed­nes­day wrote a let­ter to Mr Fuzwayo sanc­tion­ing the demon­stra­tion.

He set out con­di­tions that must be fol­lowed so that there would be no pub­lic dis­or­der.

“This of­fice ac­knowl­edges no­ti­fi­ca­tion sub­ject to the fol­low­ing con­di­tions, that the meet­ing be held be­tween stip­u­lated times, that no thor­ough­fare or pub­lic place should be blocked or ob­structed in any man­ner, that the smooth flow of traf­fic shall not be dis­rupted, that there shall be no in­ter­fer­ence with po­lice of­fi­cers on duty and ev­ery law­ful in­struc­tions by po­lice of­fi­cers on duty will be ad­hered to,” wrote Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Sibanda.

“No per­son or par­tic­i­pants shall carry or pos­sess any ob­ject adapted to be used for in­flict­ing in­juries on the other per­sons, that no deroga­tory or in­flam­ma­tory mes­sages will be made at the meet­ing. Toyi-toyi dur­ing and af­ter the meet­ing will not be al­lowed .”

He also urged the res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion to en­sure that de­mon­stra­tors do not dam­age ve­hi­cles, build­ings or as­sault mem­bers of the pub­lic.

He said fail­ure to ad­here to the con­di­tions will re­sult in the demon­stra­tion be­ing can­celled.

GRA spokesper­son, Mr Aifheli Mu­dau said they were grate­ful for the po­lice co­op­er­a­tion.

He said they will ad­here to the con­di­tions set by the po­lice.

“This prob­lem is for every­one, in­clud­ing the po­lice as res­i­dents of this town. We as­sure them that we will stage a peace­ful demon­stra­tion to send a mes­sage to au­thor­i­ties about our griev­ances against Zinwa. We are very much ex­cited about the po­lice co­op­er­a­tion and we are not go­ing to dis­ap­point,” said Mr Mu­dau.

— @richardmuponde

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