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Government can't block war veterans meetings---Tshinga Dube
21 Mar 2017 at 04:29hrs | Views
Police and Government have no powers to block Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association (ZNLWVA) meeting set for Thursday.
The association is a mere voluntary organisation which does not represent the views of all freedom fighters, Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube has said.
"It's a voluntary organisation within the war veterans. It doesn't necessarily mean every war veteran is a member of the association. There are many war veterans who are not even members of the association.
"So it's not a question of us sanctioning the meeting. It's generally an issue between them and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Like anyone wanting to hold a meeting they have to notify the ZRP who can either say 'yes' or 'no.'" said Dube as quoted by the state controlled Chronicle.
The High Court gave the green light to the ZNLWVA to hold the meeting at the City Sports Centre after the police had barred them last week.
Last year, running battles between the war veterans and police ensued after the ex-freedom fighters convened an illegal meeting at the same venue.
Source - online