We never banned war vets meet­ing, say po­lice

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Crime & Courts - Syd­ney Kawadza Se­nior Re­porter

PO­LICE have dis­missed a mes­sage that was cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day claim­ing they had banned a public gathering by Zanu-PF sup­port­ers and war vet­er­ans.

In a state­ment, act­ing na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi said the mes­sage was false.

“The Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice would like to dis­miss a false mes­sage cir­cu­lat­ing on the so­cial me­dia plat­form to the ef­fect that po­lice in Harare have de­nied war vet­er­ans/chil­dren of war vet­er­ans the op­por­tu­nity to hold a public gathering or demonstration.

“The pur­ported mes­sage from Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Po­lice Harare Cen­tral District, who is the Reg­u­lat­ing Au­thor­ity in terms of the Public Or­der and Se­cu­rity Act, Chap­ter 11:17, is false,” he said.

Chief Supt Ny­athi said no no­ti­fi­ca­tion of any meet­ing or gathering had been re­ceived by the po­lice.

“The ZRP has there­fore launched fullscale in­ves­ti­ga­tions to es­tab­lish the ori­gin and mo­tive of the false mes­sage,” he said.

Chief Supt Ny­athi warned in­di­vid­u­als or syn­di­cates bent on caus­ing alarm and de­spon­dency in the coun­try through un­founded mes­sages that the full wrath of the law would be ap­plied with­out fear or favour.

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