Forty (40) CCC activists were arrested by the police on Tuesday, 15 August in Machipisa, Harare, for allegedly holding an unapproved car rally procession.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the CCC public event was held in violation of the Maintenance of Order and Peace Act (MOPA). Reads the statement:
"The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of 40 Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) activists in Machipisa this afternoon for contravening provisions of the Maintenance of Order and Peace Act, Chapter 11:23 (MOPA)."
"Circumstances are that the CCC convenor, Lawrence Materege notified the local Regulating Authority for Harare South of their rally set for Churu Farm on 15th August 2023 from 1000 hours to 1600 hours."
"The convenor and Gladmore Hakata then decided to divert from the notified rally at Churu Farm and went on a car rally procession from the Glen View area into High Glen Road, Main Street, Machipisa Road into Highfield suburb and stopped at the OK Machipisa traffic lights while openly blocking traffic. They started to chant party slogans and sing."
"A concerned citizen made an official report to the police."
"The Police reacted and arrested 40 CCC activists who were led by Gladmore Hakata. Hakata actually scuffled with the police officers as they effected arrests."
"The Zimbabwe Republic Police has also recovered the three trucks and radio speakers which were being used by the CCC supporters in the unsanctioned car rally."
"The police continue to implore political party convenors, their leaders and supporters to comply with the provisions of MOPA and to strictly stick to the rally venues and times notified to the local regulating authorities for the purpose of maintaining law and order in the country."