Zimbabwe court overturns ban on Harare protests
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 8, 2016
Zimbabwe’s High Court has overturned a two-week ban on protests in the capital following a legal challenge from political activists. Police banned rallies in Harare and the surrounding district on Thursday, after several violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in recent weeks. But Judge Priscilla Chigumba said on Wednesday that the official police note issued last week is “invalid” and curtailed citizens’ rights.
Biti also said that the court had delivered “a brave judgment that asserts the independence” of the judiciary. Zimbabwe has seen months of protests against alleged human rights abuses and the deterioration of the economy under President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country since 1980.