ZRP Is Violating The Constitution By Participating At Zanu-PF Rallies: Mwonzora

10 Aug 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe --- (130809) -- HARARE, Aug. 9, 2013 (Xinhua) -- Spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora (R) of Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) led by outgoing Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai speaks to the media outside the Constitutional Court in Harare, Aug. 9, 2013. Outgoing Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday filed an appeal at the Constitutional Court challenging results of the July 31 elections which were won by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party. (Xinhua/Stringer) --- Image by © Stringer/Xinhua Press/Corbis
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MDC-T secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora has accused the police of violating the constitution by actively participating at Zanu-PF rallies, said Mwonzora,

The Constitution (section 11) requires them to be apolitical and they were at yesterday’s rally, they were furthering the political interests of one party. It means, therefore, this election will not be free and fair as law enforcement agents will be partisan, the army will be forced to be partisan, so will the CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation]…A police band can be hired to play at private functions, but the Constitution is clear about their involvement in politics.

However, police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the event in question was not about Zanu-PF. Said Charamba,

The police band is open to anyone. It plays at weddings, graduations, even for NGOs [non-governmental organisations]. This does not mean to say we then become political by playing there. The function you are talking about, the police band was actually hired to provide entertainment while His Excellency [Mnangagwa] was opening a dam. It was not about Zanu PF.

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