Zimbabwean police authorities in Gwanda, Matabeleland South, have banned the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition from holding meetings there, saying speakers at a recent gathering made derogatory comments about President Robert Mugabe.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesman Thabani Moyo said the group was informed of the meeting ban when it sought a permit for a voter education session next week.
Police said Mehluli Dube, vice president of the student representative council of the National University of Science and Technology, declared at a meeting in Gwanda that President Mugabe should be removed from office ‘’either through the ballot or the bullet.’’ Accosted by police at the meeting, Dube fled, evading a roadblock.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesman Moyo told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his organization intends to challenge the ban in the courts as it believes it is entitled to hold public meetings in Gwanda.
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