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Zimbabwe Crisis Coalition Says Police In Gwanda Ban Its Meetings

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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